Newsroom moves and the newspaper crisis evaluated: space, place, and cultural meaning

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Across the United States, newspapers are physically relocating their headquarters to smaller spaces, often away from the centers of downtown. This is the latest manifestation of the newspaper crisis manifest through a tangible and visible public manner. This article investigates these newsroom moves through a discussion of space, looking at why these moves matter by examining their impact on how journalists do their work and journalists’ sense of cultural meaning. The article relies on a two-part field study of The Miami Herald for data. The article finds that physical newsroom moves are perceived to impact coverage, that objects inside the newsroom can also be symbols of newsroom decline and invigoration, and that saying goodbye to a building gives journalists the sense they may perhaps be losing their institutional relevance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1005-1021
Number of pages17
JournalMedia, Culture and Society
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 11 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Architecture
  • ethnography
  • newspaper crisis
  • newsroom moves
  • online journalism
  • place
  • space
  • time
  • work conditions
  • work routines
  • workspace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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