Death of the Daily News

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During the coronavirus pandemic, the Daily News shut down its lower Manhattan headquarters, but its employees continued to work in nearby co-working spaces and remotely from home. Today, dozens of them are on strike to protest the company’s continuing cuts and stalled contract negotiations with Alden Global Capital, which bought the paper in 2021 and has been shuttering its many properties as it seeks to recoup investments.

As a result of these changes, the newspaper has lost millions of subscribers and has seen its revenue decline by more than 40% in the past two years. The striking journalists say their actions are a necessary step to ensure the survival of the paper, which once had the nation’s largest circulation among daily newspapers.

The New York Times calls Death of the Daily News a “rich, fascinating and necessary anatomy of what happens in a town when its newspaper dies.” Conte takes us through each stage of grief that McKeesport has experienced, but concludes on a hopeful note by showing how citizens can fill the gap left by the passing of their local papers. The book is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of journalism in the digital age, and it will be especially valuable for those concerned about the future of journalism in our country.

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