Today, there are seven sub-editors producing pages. Share via Email Sales figures tell their own story, but anyone wanting to hear about the changing nature of regional newspapers need only talk to Tony Phillips. Everything else is back office and has been nationalised, centralised or diversified," says Mr Green.
And while journalists at the paper like to compare themselves with national rather than local rivals, their pay scales do not. Some of this criticism has come from the National Union of Journalists in a campaign against low pay on local newspapers. At the same time, support staff have been axed.
Johnston also benefits from a comparison with what went before. Now, the owners "let us go to London when we need to," as one reporter put it. Mr Green at the YP admits that, like many other papers, it may move further out of town within the next five to 10 years.
For the first time we had somebody in it for the long term It was a different era. A year after joining, he found himself stoking a brazier every night as part of a nationwide strike over pay.
Centralisation of everything from audit fees to annual insurance has led to two floors of the Leeds building being vacated. In the Post was bought by Johnston Press, the most profitable newspaper business in the country and the fourth largest.
Andrew Vine, a year Post veteran and the head of content, is more bullish about the new owners.
Though overall staffing fell byeditorial staff rose by Cost-cutting is likely to continue. There are signs that Johnston has devoted more resources to its flagship title than others. Faced with competition from websites and freesheets, it has suffered the same fate as many other daily titles and lost readers.
Yet the growth areas of newspapers are also noticeable in Leeds. A new separate section focused on farming and a soon-to-be relaunched lifestyle supplement are the result. They have also prompted fears that the Edinburgh-based Johnston is draining its newspapers dry, putting profits before product.
In the years before that, it essentially had just one other owner. In the past 10 years, it has had four owners and three editors.
Yet back-office rationalisation is a hallmark of the group. The accounts department was more or less abolished with three extra staff in Peterborough making up for the departure of 28 in Leeds. While the position is much better at the Yorkshire Post, the last three years have been marked by upheaval.
This rationalisation is evident from a walk through the Leeds office of the Yorkshire Post group. Having been put through the "psychological wringer", according to one member of staff, morale is now much better.
His abiding memory of these times are of a sympathetic managing director sending a bottle of whisky to the picket line every night. Staff admit to finding it galling to be paid less than their peers - lawyers, accountants and "even teachers".
When he joined the Yorkshire Post, inthere were two features sub-editors producing 25 pages a week for the venerable Leeds-based daily. Mr Johnson describes the previous owners as "pretty poor". Things are now much tighter.
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