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The New York tabloid Daily News will cut half of its newsroom staff and Jim Rich, its editor in chief, was released.
The paper was sold to tronc Inc. last year for $1, with the owner of the Chicago Tribune assuming liabilities and debt.
In an email sent to staff Monday, Tronc said staff at the Daily News will focus on breaking news involving “crime, civil justice and public responsibility.”
The newspaper has been a key fixture in New York City for the last century. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017 for its work with ProPublica on the abuse of eviction rules in New York City.
It also received a Pulitzer for raising awareness about health issues faced by first responders following the collapse of New York City’s twin towers following the Sept. 11 attacks.
Staff seen exiting the building Monday described an emotional scene as the layoffs were announced.
“Of course people were crying. Journalism is something more than a job for people,” said Todd Maisel, an 18-year veteran photographer at the paper who was laid off.
Many lamented that New York would be worse off with fewer journalists covering the city.
“Newspapers are the engines of democracy. Go to any news van and look on the floor and you’ll see the Daily News and that’s your schedule for the rest of the day,” said Kerry Burke, a reporter whow as laid off.
Revenue and print circulation have been sliding at the newspaper for years, even as it provided critical coverage of health issues in public housing and for first responders after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Revenue slid 22 percent between 2014 and 2016, and the paper had already been letting people go.
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