Digital First Media Selling San Jose Mercury News 35-Acre Campus

By: Press Release | Digital First Media

New York, NY (April 15, 2013) – Digital First Media today announced the active marketing of the San Jose Mercury News’ nearly 36-acre campus and plans to relocate newsgathering, advertising and printing operations.  

“This is part of Digital First Media’s strategic initiatives and follows similar moves we have made across the Company. The future sale of the building and land allows us to reduce legacy infrastructure costs and focus on the key components of our digital business model – providing news and information to our audiences across the platforms of their choice,” said John Paton, Chief Executive Office of Digital First Media. “The San Jose Mercury News will build on its storied history as a digital innovator and leader as we open new offices that reflect our open newsroom design and continue the audience engagement initiatives the staff has started in the Bay Area.  

The 35.68-acre campus — home to the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group’s offices – consists of a 312,000 square foot main building and a 12,000 square foot garage and was opened in 1965.  

The San Jose Mercury News’s content, advertising and business operations will be relocated to new office space in the future, pending the sale timeline of the current campus. Printing and production of the Mercury News will be relocated to Bay Area news Group’s Concord and Hayward printing plants.  

“Our business, news, and advertising personnel can look forward to more modern office facilities and our newspapers will have greater paging and color capabilities as a result of the production transition,” said Mac Tully, Publisher of the San Jose Mercury News.  

Digital First Media has launched open newsroom concepts following the successful launch of the nation’s first open newsroom at The Register Citizen in Torrington, Conn. Parts of that design have been incorporated into newsroom designs for the El Paso Times — which relocated earlier this year – as well as more than 20 Community Media Labs across the country.  

“We do not define ourselves by the building we work in but by the community we serve and that is not changing and will not change. We will continue to reach our growing audience to meet their needs and expectations,” said Mr. Tully.  

The San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group – as part of Digital First Media’s community engagement initiative – recently launched the MoJo Lab, a mobile media lab serving the Bay Area.  

The property will be represented jointly by the Silicon Valley offices of Eastdil Secured and CBRE.  Those interested in further information regarding the property should contact Rob Shannon of CBRE (408 453-7486) or Greg Cioth of Eastdil Secured (408 533-9210). 

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