Philadelphia Papers may Combine some Newsroom Jobs

July 3, 2008 5:56:57 AM PDT
A union official says 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 newsrooms in a bid to cut costs. That word comes from Henry Holcomb, president of The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia that represents newsroom and other staff at both papers. He says Sandra Long, the Inquirer's co-managing editor, is leading the team and met with the union on Tuesday to talk about the changes.

The broadsheet Inquirer and the tabloid Daily News compete for news stories, but they share the same owners, presses and Web site.

Holcomb says 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.