With Offices Out, NY Daily News Keeps Publishing
NEW YORK - The Daily News got its Plan A and its Plan B eviscerated by Hurricane Sandy. The storm knocked out of commission the newspaper’s Manhattan main office and the place where it planned to work during emergencies - its Jersey City, N.J., printing plant.
Help from other news outlets let the Daily News keep publishing its daily print edition and its frequently updated website throughout Monday’s storm. On Thursday evening, a Daily News editor said the newspaper would resume printing at the Jersey City plant within hours.
But it was unclear how long the main office would be out of use. The office, in an evacuation zone near the Staten Island Ferry, was flooded and lost power.
Ted Young, editor of Daily News Online, went into work at the main office at 6 a.m. Monday dragging an air mattress, expecting to spend the night. He did, but it wasn’t quite how he imagined.
At about 8:45 p.m., the lights went out, he said. Another hour later, the computers were down. The phones went out, and so did most cellphone coverage. Young and about 15 other staffers waited through the night, smelling gas and watching the front lobby fill with 3 feet of water.
But even then, the newspaper kept updating, Young said. That’s because Lauren Johnston, an editor who had gotten stuck in Pittsburgh, updated the website as reporters throughout the city sent her updates.
Back at the darkened main office, a few staffers made an escape through the lobby around 2 a.m. The rest trekked out around 7 a.m., through a lobby that was wet but no longer flooded.
Young said that website traffic surged on Monday evening, making the ordeal worthwhile.