A corporate email to Daily News staffers sent out this morning reads, in part,
We are fundamentally restructuring the Daily News. ... We are reducing today the size of the editorial team by approximately 50 percent and re-focusing much of our talent on breaking news—especially in areas of crime, civil justice and public responsibility. ... The decisions being announced today reflect the realities of our business and the need to adapt an ever-changing media environment. They are not a reflection on the significant talent that is leaving today. Let there be no doubt: these colleagues are highly valued and will be missed.
On his Twitter account this morning, Rich—whose Twitter bio now reads "Just a guy sitting at home watching journalism being choked into extinction"—has a pinned tweet that reads,
If you hate democracy and think local governments should operate unchecked and in the dark, then today is a good day for you.— Jim Rich (@therealjimrich) July 23, 2018
He'll be replaced by Robert York, who's coming over from The Morning Call, Tronc's paper in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
A "restructuring"—massive or otherwise—has been expected since Tronc bought the money-losing Daily News for $1 and the assumption of various liabilities last September.
In March, Tronc slashed jobs at its Chicago Tribune. And in May, Keith Kelly, the media columnist at the rival New York Post, went with "Daily News faces more job cuts as Tronc buys Virginia paper" as the headline of an article that detailed incremental cuts at the News that had already happened by that point.
On its Twitter feed this morning, the Daily News has retweeted a couple of tweets from Josh Greenman, its opinion page editor:
The Daily News led the charge to get 9/11 first responders health benefits. Exposed widespread abuse of eviction rules, punishing poor people. Revealed deception and dysfunction in public housing that put kids in danger of lead poisoning. Showed the world the Eric Garner video.— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) July 23, 2018
The small stuff is as important as the stuff that wins Pulitzers, because it's in the background every day making us a little smarter about our government and what it's doing with our money and on our behalf.— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) July 23, 2018
On his own Twitter feed, Greenman added,
And I'm not writing this in past tense as some kind of epitaph. I don't know the future. https://t.co/Z5zyMxzcOG— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) July 23, 2018