Monday, August 6, 2012

Buildings' fate tells the tale of newspaper industry decline

I worked at seven newspapers in my journalism career, from Alaska to Florida. And six of them were located in large, grand buildings that were recognizable downtown landmarks.

Everyone knew where the newspaper was; you had only to refer to “the Times” or “the Gazette” — no address necessary.

In the early days of my career, most newspapers had no security desk. Anyone who wanted to talk to a reporter about a story could walk right in the door and find their way to the newsroom. The newspapers had a vital physical presence that placed them at the heart of the city’s life.
Lately, though, a lot of newspapers have been leaving their landmark downtown buildings for smaller, cheaper quarters.

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