Saratogian newspaper plans move – The Daily Gazette

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratogian is leaving its home of more than 80 years for a smaller facility, citing fewer employees and less need for physical space in the digital age. 


The daily newspaper will move operations from its downtown location at 20 Lake Ave. about a half-mile west to 7 Wells St., according to a story by the publication. The new location offers 3,700 square feet of space — far less than the Lake Avenue headquarters’ 14,000 square feet. The move is planned for the first week of August, Publisher Robert O’Leary told the newspaper this week.


“While leaving the Saratogian building is sad, we are very excited about our new home,” O’Leary was quoted as saying. “Remaining in the heart of Saratoga is vital to our mission, so we were very fortunate to find this building, which perfectly meets our space and location needs.”


O’Leary said that with a staff of fewer than two-dozen employees and printing and page layout being done off-site, the Wells Street building is better suited to the newspaper’s current needs.


He also said changes in technology — and the newspaper’s shift to posting stories online throughout the day — make having reporters and editors physically in the newsroom less vital than it once was. All editorial staffers, for instance, have the ability to file stories and photos remotely. 


The Saratogian is owned by Digital First Media, which sold the building in 2012 but has been leasing it since then, the newspaper reported. The company also owns The Record in Troy and newspapers in Hudson and Oneida. 

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