Back in October, the New Jersey Star-Ledger bought out 200 employees (and then hired interns to replace them). Roughly one-fifth of those employees recently launched NewJerseyNewsroom.com, a local site aimed at covering the Garden State with a combination of original reporting and rehashed stories.
Matt Romanoski, previously S&L‘s deputy sports editor who’s heading the site along with fellow sports guy Garrett Morrison and 26-year veteran Andrew Lagomarsino, told E&P, “We had started talking about doing this even before the buyouts were made.”
The former S-Lers are following in the footsteps of refugees from major papers, including the online-only Seattle Post-Intelligencer — who launched Seattle Post Globe — and Denver journos, who are trying to get InDenverTimes up and running.
Romanoski says everyone is currently working for free, but hopes to secure a revenue stream soon.