On July 6, 2016, Gannett, the nation's biggest newspaper chain, paid the Borgs $40 million for North Jersey Media Group (The Record of Woodland Park, Herald News, NorthJersey.com, (201) magazine and 50 weeklies). Stephen A. Borg, publisher for a decade, oversaw the biggest downsizing ever. Local news declined, errors mounted and most employees were denied raises. Gannett replaced Editor Deirdre Sykes, revised The Record's website and redesigned the print edition, cutting another 200-plus jobs.
The front page of the Woodland Park daily is a mix of breaking news and an expose of how some public official spent tax dollars to live high on the hog.
With the story on the blizzard, a photo showing cars moving over a snow-covered street says, "Cars navigating snow-covered streets in Englewood," using the plural "streets" even though only one street is shown.
What's shown in the photo is so obvious, the news copy editor breaks a cardinal rule: You don't tell readers what they can see for themselves. Production Editor Liz Houlton, who supervises the news copy desk, must have been napping at her computer again.