'The Daily' Lays Off 30% of Staff, Switches to Vertical-Only Design to Cut Costs

Tuesday July 31, 2012 2:04 PM PDT by Jordan Golson
NewImageNews Corp.'s celebrated tablet newspaper The Daily will lay off 50 of its 170 employees and slash costs by creating all digital pages in the newspaper in vertical format only, rather than designing pages in both vertical and horizontal formats, among other things, reports All Things Digital:
Employees who produce the paper’s editorial page and sports coverage will be heavily hit by the layoffs, and the Daily will run skeletal versions of those sections from now on. But the cuts will affect other parts of the Daily, including its design and production staff.

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But people familiar with the paper’s plans say it isn’t changing other parts of its strategy, including a recent move to produce a weekend edition.
Earlier this month, it was reported that The Daily had been put "on watch" and that the iPad newspaper was losing tens of millions of dollars a year.

Pricing for the iPad version of The Daily is currently set at $0.99 per week or $39.99 per year via In App Subscription, with the iPhone version being offered at roughly half-price on monthly and yearly subscriptions.

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Posted: 30 months ago

Queue in the Fox News/News Corp/Rupert Murdoch haters in 3...2...1...

Mate, they hacked the voicemail of a brutally murdered teenager, just to get a story. How low would they have to go before you see them for what they are?
Rating: 21 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
It was News Corp. anyway.
Rating: 12 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
It's such a cool app, but horrible journalism... Definitely a great way to present news on a tablet device instead of trying to emulate a newspaper format. Just sort the journalism out!
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
great great platform to deliver news the app has an amazing UI, to bad the articles just suck... It doesn't matter how you present the content, if the content is crap. It won't be successful. The Daily has proven this.
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago

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How can you not hate on Fox News? ;)
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the problem with The Daily isn't too many layouts... the problem is bad journalism.

Laying off employees hasn't saved the local print newspaper, and it won't save this newfangled digital one either. If News Corp is serious about saving this property, it's time to double down and start publishing the real, compelling journalism that well-educated, young-professional readers are interested in. That's how you grow a readership.

Oh wait... I forgot... real, compelling journalism is at odds with the close-minded political views of the parent company. Good luck...
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago

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Well if the editorials didn't cater to the 1% and iDevice-less rural yokels who support them, perhaps their subscription base could have been sustainable!
I did like the app design though. Shame.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago

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There's a lot to hate.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago
LOL moment of the day. They're going to save costs by only publishing the digital edition in a vertical format?

News Corp is known for its shoddy and unethical journalism. Is it any wonder they can't hire developers smart enough to separate content from formatting and deliver their crappy product in any format and layout they choose with virtually no effort?

That is just sad and pathetic. They need The Bobs to come in and do some corporate restructuring. Is this good for the company?

Proving once again that mediocrity attracts mediocrity, and then it reproduces.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 30 months ago

Queue in the Fox News/News Corp/Rupert Murdoch haters in 3...2...1...


There are good reasons why so many people hate the Murdoch media.

Why don't you just express your own view rather than trying to goad people.
Rating: 6 Votes

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