Monday, May 20, 2024

Death of Print: Tribune Closing Hartford Courant Newsroom, Following NY Daily News, Other Closures


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.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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