Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Marin | This is your 21st-century newspaper office

Gannett owned California's Marin Independent Journal from 1980 to 2000, when it was sold to the California Newspapers Partnership, co-owned by MediaNews Group. GCI owns 20% of the partnership, which just announced huge layoffs. Former IJ reporter Beth Ashley revisits the paper in her column today

On the third floor of a huge building at 4000 Civic Center Drive, down a long corridor past unrelated business offices, sits a regimented roomful of small gray cubicles, each with a desk, chair, telephone and computer. One for each reporter. One for each editor. One for each ad salesman. Hardly your typical newspaper office. Hardly your typical newsroom. The carpet smells fresh and brand-new.

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