Morning Call reporters say they hope to find a new home for the paper downtown and change ownership

Written by on August 17, 2020

Morning Call reporters say they hope to find a new home for the paper downtown and change ownership

By Ben Stemrich

August 17, 2020

The Morning Call is slated to shutter its newsroom in Allentown – it’s home for a century.  It’s also one of five newsrooms being closed by the Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Company. WLVR’s Ben Stemrich spoke to several Morning Call staff members about the change.

Employees have until mid-September to collect their things from the building at 6th and Linden. They were notified via email that they will be working from home until at least 2021. 

Paul Muschick has been reporting for the paper for 16 years. 

“I think it’s always better to get bad news delivered face to face in a group setting. Because working remotely that’s not possible. So I don’t necessarily have a problem with it being delivered by email.”

Kayla Dwyer is another reporter with the paper and part of The Morning Call Guild – a union formed last February to advocate for better work conditions.

“It’s not only yet another disinvestment in local journalism but it’s the writing on the wall. You know hedge fund alden global capital is now the company’s largest shareholder with 32 percent stake. And alden global capital has a history of gutting newspapers it acquires including stripping it of real estate…”

Dwyer and Muschick both say they hope the paper will find a new home office, preferably downtown. Union members say they are hoping someone will buy the Morning Call and turn in into a local non-profit news outlet. 

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