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Post Standard to stay downtown

The days of a daily newspaper are quickly coming to an end. Next month, the Post Standard will scale back, publishing and delivering the paper to homes just three days a week and shifting the focus on digital media.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The days of a daily newspaper are quickly coming to an end. Next month, the Post Standard will scale back, publishing and delivering the paper to homes just three days a week and shifting the focus on digital media.

It’s not just a change in strategy, but an actual physical move as well.

The Syracuse Media Group will stay in downtown Syracuse at the new Merchants Commons, occupying the first and second floors of the old bank building.

"I think part of it is psychological, to say this is a new world, we're not abandoning print, but the reporters and sales reps who are working here are working in a digital world,” said Syracuse Media Group Chairman Stephen Rogers.

It won’t be a traditional news operation. There won’t be any desks or cubicles.

"Here we think we can create that open and inviting culture at the street level and by bringing everyone here creating that mobile, digitally focused company, working in a collaborative environment,” said Syracuse Media Group President Tim Kennedy.

The media group support functions, such as human resources, IT and accounting will stay in Clinton Square.

"There was a time when it was really important to be next to the presses, but in this digital world we don't need to be that close,” Kennedy said.

Rogers says the plan is to keep the content online free for as long as they can. They have no plans to charge like some other newspapers.

"If we remained wedded to print, we might not be around for very long. We needed to follow where our readers and our advertisers are going, they're going digital,” Rogers said.

By moving some of the operation, the Post Standard building will have space where the newsroom and advertising used to be. That space on the first floor will be available for lease.

The developers say the space in the Merchants Common’s building is ready for the Syracuse Media Group to move in this spring. The re-development of the building also includes 66, one and two bedroom apartments.

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