Today is layoff day at The Daily News, reports Capital NY, who put the number at around 15–columnists Albor Ruiz and Joanna Molloy and reporters Christiana Boyle and Robert Gearty among them.
Rumors have been circulating for some time that a round of pink slips was imminent at the News. Although this is the most significant number of layoffs since editor in chief Colin Myler took over in November 2011, there has been a slow trickle of departures over the past months. Features editor John Oswald left in March, and features reporter Jacob Osterhout vented his rage in a goodbye email after he was let go earlier this spring.
Former New York Post reporter Lachlan Cartwright is returning to New York next week to work for the Confident@l, The Daily News’s gossip section, for which he will cover nightlife and entertainment.
The Australian Mr. Cartwright, who left New York for London last year, came to the Post after a seven year stint as a reporter at the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun. Since decamping for England, Mr. Cartwright has written for the Sun, as well as freelanced for a host of New York- and Australia-based publications.
This morning, The New York Post gave the news that Anthony Weiner is contemplating a political comeback a pun-filled cover treatment.
Meanwhile, the Daily News devoted its front page to their ongoing coverage (some may call advocacy) of the gun control debate.
On a day when every tabloids’ favorite congressman is back in the spotlight, the Daily News‘s front page seems an odd choice. In a two-tabloid town, how, we wondered, has this impacted sales of the News?
In a highly unscientific survey, we canvassed 15 newsstands in the vicinity of the Observer‘s midtown office. Of the vendors we talked to, eight said that The Post outsells the News, two said that News sells better and the remaining five said that they were neck-and-neck.
Not So Blind Items
Leela De Kretser, the Editorial Director and Publisher at local news site DNAinfo, took to Facebook to publicly air her grievances against The Daily News.
“Let’s play guess the news organization,” she posted on her non-private Facebook page. “Two married journalists each call into their desks to say the [sic] are stuck in Chicago.” Ms. De Krester works for DNAinfo. Her husband, Janon Fisher, is a courts reporter at The Daily News. Mr. Fisher is tagged in the post and commented on it.
Not to ruin the fun of guessing, but our money is on The Daily News.
The Daily News said goodbye to managing editor Robert Sapio on Friday, according to newsroom sources.
His departure marks the end of a 40-plus-year career at the News. Mr. Sapio first joined the tabloid as an advertising office boy in 1969. After moving to editorial, he rose from typist to copy editor, then to news editor and senior executive editor.
When we talked to Daily News staffers on Tuesday — after editor-in-chief Martin Dunn announced his resignation and Mort Zuckerman named his replacement, the Boston Herald‘s Kevin Convey — we heard that staffers were optimistic about the new leadership. Mr. Convey is passionate about reporting and the tabloid craft in a big city, they Read More
Thinking About It
Condé Nast is not the only publishing company thinking about moving downtown. Mort Zuckerman is also thinking about moving the Daily News offices from West 33rd Street to space downtown, according to Daily Finance.
Daily News real estate man Jeff Zomper told Jeff Bercovici that the company has gone back and forth Read More
The Daily News has issued another round of buyouts, offering employees one week’s pay for every six months they have been with with the paper, according to Daily Intel.
Keith Kelly also has the story this morning, but his sources say the offer is one week’s pay for every year of Read More
The prolific political blogger Liz Benjamin is leaving The Daily News, Ben Smith reports. She will be hosting the show Capitol Tonight on Time Warner Cable (a show that isn’t aired in the city). She’ll be writing a blog there as well, and she’ll apparently appear on NY1 as well.
It’s a Read More
The New York Post: Madonna has always had a hard time making it past co-op boards, with the notoriously fusty upper crusties feeling that too much publicity was a bad thing for their otherwise anonymous buildings. But it seems the East of Lexington location was not enough to deter Madonna from plunking down $40 million Read More