The York Dispatch will move to West Manchester Township this fall.
"I'm sad to leave the city, but our readers won't notice any change. We will continue to report on York City and York County as we always have and will still be as competitive as ever," said Lori Goodlin, editor of The York Dispatch.
The newspaper's employees will move to a new newsroom in the York Newspaper Co. building at 1891 Loucks Road.
That facility currently houses the advertising and circulation department, which is shared by The York Dispatch, York Daily Record, York Sunday News and publications in Hanover, Lebanon and Chambersburg. The newspapers are also printed there.
The York Dispatch will likely leave its current 205 N. George St. address in October or November, according to Sara Glines, president of the York Newspaper Co.
The timing of the move is dependent on the launch date of a new editorial computer system that will be used by the newspaper, she said.
Though the York Daily Record and York Sunday News are located in the Loucks Road building, there will be no collaboration between newspapers.
"The newsrooms remain separate, independent and competitive. There will be no sharing of editorial resources," Glines said in an email to staff.
A joint operating agreement between competing newspapers requires, by federal law, that the entities operate independent newsrooms. That agreement is valid through June 30, 2024, and could be renewed.
"We have a (joint operating agreement) that's in effect for many, many years," Glines said. "The move was an economic decision."
The York Dispatch building in York City was listed for sale in November, but no offers have been made, Glines said.
She added the newspaper's city offices are bigger than what's needed.
"We don't want to be in the real estate business. It's expensive to keep up these buildings," she said.
Rather than spend money to relocate the Dispatch to another leased space in the city, she chose to move the newspaper into excess space at the York Newspaper Co.
Dispatch staff might find it to be a step up from its current office, Glines said.
"(The new space) is a little newer, brighter and updated," she said.
Dispatch Publisher Dave Martens said the move is a positive change and won't lessen the newspaper's level of productivity.
"The York Dispatch has a long history downtown, but the economics of the move really make sense. We'll take advantage of an operating efficiency by being under one roof," he said. "York will continue to benefit from two strong viewpoints and voices in the newspaper field, and we look forward to continuing that competitive spirit and letting people know what's going on locally."
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