Their offices still flooded, lower Manhattan media companies AMI, Daily News, Newsweek are stranded
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Colin Myler and his core Daily News crew may end up being camped out at the tabloid's Jersey City printing plant or some other temporary facility for longer than they had hoped.
At an Observer Media Group real estate conference yesterday, News owner Mort Zuckerman said it could be a year before the paper's 4 New York Plaza headquarters, which were "wiped out" by superstorm Sandy, are back up and running.
“We have just leased some other space for nine months to a year just to make sure that we can keep the magazine and the newspaper going,” said Zuckerman in remarks reported by The Commercial Observer. “We suffered dramatically on the publishing side because the U.S. News and the Daily News offices were at the southernmost part of Manhattan and their offices were just destroyed.”
The News was one of numerous New York media companies whose office routine was disrupted by the storm. And though it seems like it was the hardest hit, it's not the only one that's still homeless at the moment.
4 New York Plaza also houses employees of the Florida-based AMI, which publishes The National Enquirer and Star. The company "flew top editors down to its Boca Raton, Fla., headquarters, and has been borrowing space in three separate locations from Reader’s Digest Association’s White Plains office to Brooklyn," according to Adweek's Lucia Moses.
And Keith Kelly reports that Newsweek's headquarters in the IAC building on the far west side of Chelsea are still flooded out, although the magazine managed to put this week's issue to bed early nonetheless.
In other news...
New York Times union members will vote on their proposed new contract on Nov. 13. [New York Post]
Incoming Times Company C.E.O. Mark Thompson is expected to start Monday. [Poynter]
The networks are planning special coverage of President Obama's first address since reelection this afternoon. [TV Newser]
The Atlantic's digital revenues continue to rise. [minOnline]
Guardian journalists are looking at a strike. [Press Gazette]
Voice Media Group has settled a trademark infringement lawsuit against Yelp. [altweeklies.com]
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The New York Times Company is joining the Sandy relief effort:
The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund announced today that it is launching a special campaign to raise money to support relief efforts to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy in the New York metropolitan area. The campaign’s goal is to provide direct assistance to those affected through several local social service agencies.
This campaign will be run with the Neediest Cases Fund’s annual campaign. Money contributed for this special campaign will be directed to social service agencies participating in the Fund’s annual campaign and to other agencies in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts to aid victims throughout the region.
The Neediest Cases Fund will be contributing $1.5 million from its endowment to support disaster relief efforts by various agencies, including the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and City Harvest, among others.