Digital First Media operates six daily newspapers in the Philadelphia suburbs, including The Mercury in Pottstown, The Times Herald in Norristown, The Reporter in Lansdale, The Daily Local News in West Chester, The Trentonian in Trenton, New Jersey and the Delaware County Daily Times in Delaware County.
The newsrooms have continued to shrink in size, but according to this report on philly.com, the profits sent to the owners of the newspapers have not.
For more than a year, rain poured through a ghastly hole in the Pottstown Mercury’s roof, staining walls and damaging desks on the third floor. It smelled. Mercury employees fled to the lower floors, writes Bob Fernandez for philly.com.
“Dayside people, you may want to make other accommodations for working Monday [and beyond?],” he wrote in an email later circulated to newsroom employees, calling the odor “aggressive.”