Connect with us

Øresund Magazine

40 per cent fewer journalists in Skåne



In three years, the number of journalists writing for Skåne’s daily newspapers has gone down by 250. News Øresund’s evaluation shows that the editorial offices have shrunken by 40 per cent. According to the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke, the media crisis situation is dire.

“The numbers are truly upsetting. We’re seeing a trend where local journalists can’t make ends meet”, she wrote in an email to News Øresund.

The past three years have been turbulent ones for the media market in Skåne. In the autumn of 2011, there were around 620 positions for journalists at dailies in Skåne. Since then, a number of austerity packages have been introduced – some of which are still in negotiation. The result has been a 40 per cent decrease in the number of journalists, or about 250 positions. This is compounded by the closure of TV4’s local office in Skåne and an incumbent austerity package at the news agency TT.

Alice Bah Kuhnke believes that cutbacks in the local press lead to less insight into local political processes, as well as restrict residents’ possibilities to influence them. She is prepared to take political action: “We must address the media situation, which is relevant and critical. We want to make immediate adjustments in the press subsidy, but in the long term we need to re-evaluate the press subsidy in its entirety; it was formulated in the 70s, and media conditions have undergone drastic changes since then.”

Sydsvenskan, Skåne’s largest media employer, has significantly decreased its personal through mergers and cutbacks in the past three years. In 2011, there were almost 180 journalist positions at Sydsvenskan alone. Today, the newspaper is in a readjustment process that will merge the editorial offices of Sydsvenskan, Helsingborgs dagblad and City. The new editorial office will consist of just over 180 journalists. In total, the consolidated editorial capacity has decreased by almost 45 per cent.

Editor-in-chief Pia Rehnquist sees no danger of the cutbacks negatively impacting local journalism. “Our resources go into local and regional investigations. In the past, we did everything ourselves, but now we are collaborating with other, for example Dagens Nyheter for international news. We also buy material from freelance journalists”, she said to News Øresund. According to Pia Rehnquist, the merger between Sydsvenskan and Helsingborgs Dagbladet is an attempt to compensate for changes in society’s media habits. “Local journalism requires enormous resources, but people are no longer willing to pay for it. Times are tough, and I think that media in Sweden will be completely different in a few years. We are a major player and we will get through it, but on a democratic level I worry for some of the smaller papers. (News Øresund – Emilia Söelund)

Facts: Number of journalist positions at daily newspapers in Skåne


Sydsvenskan/HD (Sydsvenskan, Helsingborgs Dagblad, Kompetens i Skåne and City): 382
Metro: 2,5
Skånemedia (Ystads Allehanda, Trelleborgs Allehanda, Kristianstadsbladet): 111
Skånska Dagbladet (Skånska Dagbladet, Norra Skåne): 89
Kvällsposten: 38

Current situation + announced changes*:

(Sydsvenskan, Helsingborgs Dagblad, Kompetens i Skåne and City): 211
Metro: 0
Skånemedia (Ystads Allehanda, Trelleborgs Allehanda, Kristianstadsbladet): 82
Skånska Dagbladet (Skånska Dagbladet, Norra Skåne): 67
Kvällsposten: 14

After presented cutbacks: 374
Difference: –248
Decrease: 40 procent

Sources: Information from 2011 was retrieved from HR departments of the respective dailies or from local professional networks in October 2013. New information was retrieved from the same sources in October 2014. *Note that Sydsvenskan/HD and Kvällsposten are currently in a readjustment process, and certain elements of the austerity package are still in negotiation. Figures may therefore be subject to change.

Läs mer

Få vårt nyhetsbrev


Aktuella nyheter

Arbetsmarknad22 september, 2023

Skattereglerna i Norden behöver förenklas, visar ny analys

Skattereglerna för både medborgare och företag som arbetar över gränsen kan vara oförutsägbara, och arbetsgivare riskerar stor och onödig administration...

Arbetsmarknad22 september, 2023

Ny rapport: Greater Copenhagen starka inom grön forskning, men släpar efter i innovationskraft och investeringar

Det är organisationen Greater Copenhagen som tagit fram rapporten ”Grön tillväxt i Greater Copenhagen”, som tittar närmare på hur storstadsområdet...

Näringsliv22 september, 2023

Forsea byter namn till Öresundslinjen efter ägarbytet

Öresundslinjen blir det nya namnet på de stora färjorna som trafikerar linjen Helsingborg-Helsingör. Namnbytet är ett led i integrationen med...

Danmark22 september, 2023

Den 1 oktober får äldre dieselbilar inte längre köra in i danska storstäders miljözoner

Från den 1 oktober får inte längre äldre persondieselbilar som följer Euronorm 4 eller lägre köra in i miljözonerna i...

Samhälle22 september, 2023

Öresundsdebatten vecka 38: Gängmedlemmar flyr Sverige av oro för sina liv, danska straff för svenska brott och kommunal dragkamp om Öresundsförbindelser

Gängkrigen i Sverige eskalerar och landet har inte varit så farligt sedan andra världskriget och gängmedlemmar flyr nu landet av...

Samhälle22 september, 2023

Räntehöjningarna slår hårdare mot hushåll med bostadsrättslägenhet i Stockholm än i Göteborg och Malmö

Riksbankens höjningar av styrräntan med följande höjningar av bostadsräntorna slår hårdare mot invånarna i Stockholm än i övriga landet beroende...

Arbetsmarknad22 september, 2023

Arbetslösheten har nästan halverats för svenskar födda utanför Europa

Sedan flyktingkrisen 2016 har arbetslösheten nästan halverats bland personer i Sverige som är födda utanför Europa rapporterar Dagens Nyheter  som...


Copyright © 2017 Zox News Theme. Theme by MVP Themes, powered by WordPress.