In July 2012, after enduring bankruptcy, plummeting circulation, staff buyouts, and waves of layoffs, the Philadelphia Inquirer moved out of the “Tower of Truth,“ the landmark building it had occupied since 1925. Photographer Will Steacy, the descendant of five generations of newspapermen—his father was laid off in 2011 after 29 years at the Inquirer—captured the newsroom before and after it downsized for the post-print era. Steacy went through volumes of family archives and recently recorded the following conversations with his father about the family’s experiences in the newspaper business.
Ugh…Knew a lot of Philly journalists and ex-journalists over the years. The march of progress definitely steps on a lot of toes along the way.
It’s been a year… crazy to think the newspaper is dead. Cancelled my subscription a few years back.
Crazier is that I just subscribed again (for the Sunday paper)… because I got an African Grey, and thus, must line the cage with something.
Hoping traditional news publishers can crush it in the digital medium and never go away, so I can continue to enjoy them, and they can continue to afford to print that Sunday paper… hear this bird’s gonna outlive me.