After today, the Hartford Courant will not have a newsroom.
Tribune “Publishing,” the same company that kicked the NY Daily News out of its offices, is shutting down the Broad Street, Hartford newsroom.
“We are indefinitely without an office,” reads the Tweet from the Courant’s Guild. The Courant is recognized as the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States, beginning in 1764, becoming daily in 1837.
In October 2020, the Courant announced that it would be discontinuing printing the paper in Hartford and outsourcing future printing to the Springfield Republican in Massachusetts. But this is much worse. Tribune Company, which has no allegiance now to journalism or publishing, did the same thing to the NY Daily News, closing its newsroom and making all the staff work remotely. They’ve also closed the newsrooms of the Capital Gazette and the Carroll County Times in Maryland, the Allentown Morning Call in Pennsylvania and the Orlando Sentinel in Florida.
Today is a sad day in The Hartford Courant’s history.
We were just told @tribpub will close our Broad Street office, with no plan to find us a new one.
We are indefinitely without an office.
— The Hartford Courant Guild (@CourantGuild) December 4, 2020