New York Observer Suffers an Ignoble Print Death

Moving forward, paper will observe from a digital-only perch.

All through this U.S. election season, the New York Observer has been parried with conflict-of-interest criticism. And this week, the day after Trump’s win, Vocativ published a solid look back at the problems of a paper owned by the President-elect’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

When Trump takes office in 2017, the only banner Observer headlines will be online. As revealed today by New York Times media reporter Michael L. Grynbaum, the weekly paper is going digital-only:

The decision will eliminate the use of New York in the paper’s title-its website is simply—and signals an end of sorts of an era when the Observer served as a fixture of local reporting in Manhattan.

[Observer Media chairman and chief executive] Mr. [Joseph] Meyer, in an interview on Friday, said that coverage of New York City politics and culture would continue and the paper planned to continue hiring additional reporters and editors. No journalists on staff will be eliminated as part of the shift.

The Observer was first published Sept. 22, 1987. Kushner acquired the paper in 2006 for just under $10 million. (Check out the links below to several oldie-but-goodie FishbowlNY items about the paper.)

Previously on FishbowlNY:
25-Year-Old Law Student: ‘I Own the New York Observer’
New York Observer Thus Far Avoiding the Falling Knife of Media Crisis
Why Isn’t the New York Observer Covering Trump?

Pictured: Front page of this week’s final print edition

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.