Digital First Media’s York Daily Record shuts off power mid-afternoon to save money

Digital First Media CEO John Paton told his employees this morning that “after a rocky five years, the newspaper industry is firmly back on its feet again.”

It is? Then why did Paton’s York (PA) Daily Record shut off power during work hours on Wednesday to save money?

Here’s the memo to employees from a Daily Record boss:

Hey folks,

As some companies do, the York Newspaper Co. has agreed to a voluntary brief power outage this week in order to save money on our electric bill.

This will occur at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and end at 4 p.m.

The backup generator will kick in, allowing us to use computers in the newsroom and most other machinery. But the lights will be dim and the air conditioning will not work.

I strongly urge everyone who can work remotely to do so. This is a perfect time for some mojo reporting.

Those who need to stay in the office might want to set up shop in the conference room, as we can flood that room with natural light.

With a little bit of planning, this should be a non-event for a newsroom such as ours. We have a great back-up power source, lots of experience dealing with such things, and a room full of smart innovators.

Thanks for your flexibility.