'Daily News' editors decamp to Jersey City in storm's aftermath
On NY1's 'In the Papers' segment on recent mornings, anchor Pat Kiernan has been making a point of saying how incredible it is that the Daily News makes it out the door at all, given the difficulties presented to the tabloid newspaper by superstorm Sandy.
A Sandy double-punch knocked out both the News' main headquarters at 4 New York Plaza in the Financial District and its commercial printing facility in Jersey City. Various other news organizations, including The New York Times, The Hartford Courant and The Jewish Week, pitched in in the days immediately following the storm to help the paper produce and print its daily editions.
But as power was restored to much of Jersey City late last week, the plant came back online just in time for the paper to get Friday's editions out the door on its own, and is back to being fully operational, News president Bill Holiber told Capital.
The building in lower Manhattan, however, is not. For the time being, said Holiber, News editor-in-chief Colin Myler and his core newsroom team will be working out of the Jersey City location, which already doubles as a satellite office for certain administrative staff. There's an hourly shuttle bus that leaves from various pickup points in Manhattan from 5 a.m. to midnight. Other editorial staffers are working remotely or out of the various bureaus.
Holiber said there's no timetable yet for when the 4 New York Plaza offices on the edge of the East River would be operational again.
But he praised "the extraordinary leadership across our company," saying that the News did not miss a beat during the storm or in its immediate aftermath.
"The Daily News did not miss one day of getting the paper out," said Holiber. "Every employee did extraordinary things that were beyond what anybody could have imagined."