Philly ‘Inquirer,’ ‘Daily News’ to Share Editorial Functions?

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The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News is exploring the possibility of sharing editorial functions of the two papers’ newsrooms, a union official said Thursday.

Henry Holcomb, president of The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, said management is looking for ways to save money and improve efficiency. He said owner Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC hoped to avoid more layoffs.

Holcomb said the company didn’t provide many details. But in the past there has been talk of sharing some copy- and photo-editing functions, he said.

A spokesman for the company didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The union supports the company’s goals of conserving cash and raising productivity, as long as it doesn’t “damage the independence or personalities of the papers,” Holcomb said.

“If there is a way to do it, we will be all for it,” Holcomb said.

The Inquirer is a traditional broadsheet paper, while the Daily News is a tabloid that doesn’t shy away from more sensational headlines and stories. The two papers’ newsrooms are on different floors of the same building.

The union represents about 900 editorial, advertising and other staff at the two dailies.

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