Philadelphia papers may combine some newsroom jobs
PHILADELPHIA: A team of managers at The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News has been appointed to oversee consolidation of some functions at the two papers in a bid to cut costs, a union official said Wednesday.
Leading the team is the Inquirer's co-managing editor, Sandra Long, who met with the union on Tuesday to talk about the changes, said Henry Holcomb, president of The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia that represents newsroom and other staff at both papers.
The broadsheet Inquirer and the tabloid-size Daily News compete for news stories but share the same owners, presses and Web site. Holcomb said the union wants to make sure it can help owner Philadelphia Media Holdings save money without hurting the quality, personality and independence of the two dailies.
"The reader wants two editorial voices," Holcomb said.
The proposal to merge functions from the two newsrooms shows the severity of the newspaper industry downturn is making negotiable what was once sacrosanct.