NY Daily News Axes Half its Newsroom Staff

The New York Daily News announced on Monday plans to eliminate half of its newsroom as part of a broader effort to refocus the newspaper.

by Jason Abbruzzese and Claire Atkinson, NBC News   / 
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Former New York Daily News editorial staff members Carla Roman and Reggie Lewis leave the newspaper’s office on Monday.Brendan McDermid / Reuters

The New York Daily News announced on Monday plans to eliminate half of its newsroom as part of a broader effort to refocus the newspaper.

Daily News staff members were notified of the cuts in an email sent by the company’s human resources department. The note also detailed a new direction for the paper, with an increased focus on breaking news, particularly stories about crime, civil justice and public responsibility. The paper will still cover local news and sports, the email said.

Journalists for the newspaper were called to a 9 a.m. meeting and then told to wait for the email, which notified them of the cuts and the paper’s new direction.

Robert York will be the new editor-in-chief. He was most recently the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Morning Call, a newspaper serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey.

York, speaking to Gothamist, a website that writes about New York, said that the news of the layoffs had caught him off guard

“I need to regroup and figure this out because there was a timing sequence to this that’s now, not being adhered to, in terms of the announcement,” York told Gothamist.
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Image: New York Daily News staff reporter Chelsia Rose Marcius cries
New York Daily News staff reporter Chelsia Rose Marcius cries as she leaves the newspaper’s office Monday after she was laid off.Mark Lennihan / AP
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Various Daily News journalists tweeted that they had been let go from the paper, including Zach Haberman, who had been breaking news editor. In response, staff reporter Chelsia Rose Marcius posted a video that appeared to Haberman being clapped out of the newsroom, a tradition at many newspapers when a colleague departs.

Haberman told NBC News he hoped for the best for all his colleagues who had been laid off.

“This is a loss for New York City, for journalism, and on a smaller scale there are a lot of really good people going to be looking for work,” Haberman said. “I will be cheering their success in other newsrooms.”

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Published on July 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm by mikedup

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