Newsrooms on the move

400+

number of editorial employees of the Cleveland Plain Dealer when it announced plans in 1998 to build a $38 million downtown headquarters

 

100

approximate headcount in the Plain Dealer’s newsroom when it relocated to smaller offices in 2014

 

$70 million

amount The New York Times Co. charged for the New England Media Group, which includes the flagship Boston Globe, in 2013

 

$63.8 million

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estimated value of The Boston Globe’s headquarters in 2013

 

96

percentage of the $236 million windfall from the sale of the Miami Herald’s headquarters that McClatchy Co. contributed toward its pension plan ($163 million) and debt payments ($63 million)

 

$33,000

rough cost, in today’s dollars, of the gold leaf lacing the dome of the former Philadelphia Inquirer building, completed in 1925 for the equivalent today of $136 million

 

86,000

square footage of The Des Moines Register’s leased office space, where it moved in 2013

 

222,000

square footage of the Register’s previous headquarters, located since 1918 in a 13-story tower

 

Sources: Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Associated Press, Save The Plain Dealer Facebook page, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, CoStar Group, McClatchy, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Des Moines Register, Des Moines Downtown Community Alliance

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The Editors are the staffers of Columbia Journalism Review. A VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER ISSUE OF CJR UNDER THE HEADLINE "HARD NUMBERS"