Friday, March 26, 2010

Los Gatos paper closes office, moves to San Jose

The Los Gatos Weekly-Times has closed its office in Los Gatos and will be moving into an office in San Jose, the MediaNews Group paper has announced.

"Sadly, we have come to the realization that maintaining an office in Los Gatos, when we have ample room for that staff in our main office in San Jose, does not make good business sense," wrote Executive Editor Dale Bryant.

The move took place over the March 20-21 weekend. The paper will now be produced at the offices of the Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, 1095 The Alameda in San Jose. SVCN is an arm of the Mercury News, owned by MediaNews Group of Denver.

In the past couple of years, other MediaNews papers have left their hometowns. In 2006, MediaNews shuttered the offices of its Danville and San Ramon papers, and moved their operations to Pleasanton. In 2007, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, which had been located in downtown Santa Cruz for 150 years, moved to an office park in Scotts Valley (and two years later executives admitted the move was a mistake). In 2008, the Palo Alto Daily News moved to Menlo Park and a year later shed the words "Palo Alto" from its title.

Bryant concludes, "The Los Gatos staff will continue to spend a lot of time in Los Gatos, and we are looking to find an office in town with room for a couple of desks where our staff might hang their hats occasionally."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You missed one -- the Oakland Tribune abandoning the Tribune tower for an anonymous office building across the freeway from the Coliseum.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the Tribune is still in Oakland just down the freeway from its birthplace. So, unlike some other newspapers, the Trib remains in Oakland.

Anonymous said...

I would imagine that the reporters at these papers lose the feel for the town they're covering pretty fast after such a move. Reporting is greatly influenced by where the reporter is physically located. This kind of move will result in more generic stories, like more meeting coverage and fewer people stories.