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Stuff to slash community reporting jobs after merger plan fails

Newspaper publisher Stuff is considering axing 19 jobs as it squeezes its community titles.

Staff were today told of the proposal, which affects 13 of its Auckland and Northland titles.

It's understood 15 reporter and four news director jobs could be made redundant.

Staff were told three senior reporter roles could be introduced to cover west Auckland, the North Shore, south and east Auckland and Northland.

Should the proposal go ahead, it's understood the staff would made redundant just before Christmas.

Stuff, which runs the stuff.co.nz website as was formerly known as Fairfax, recently failed in its bid to merge with its main competitor, New Zealand Herald publisher NZME.