YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – History was made in the Valley Friday night as The Vindicator printed its final edition.
Workers were there to see their last pieces of work printed out, while their families were there to support them.
“It was a very strange day. It capped off a very strange week. It was almost like I could compare it to your last day of senior year, except this whole week was the last day of senior year,” said reporter Joe Gorman.
Man workers grew up with the newspaper. Gorman was with the paper for six years. He said there was a lot of laughter and tears at the final print.
“With the realization that this is the last time I’ll see a lot of these people and the last time we’ll be in this building,” he said.
In June, after its 150th anniversary, General Manager Mark Brown announced the website and newspaper would be shutting down on Aug. 31. The big reason… a drop in subscriptions and advertising revenue.
A total of 144 employees and 250 carriers will lose their jobs. But still, Gorman said Vindy workers will always be like family to him.
“I’m very close to all these people and they’re like family. You spend one-third of your life at work and these people are my family,” he said.
Gorman said that even though his time at The Vindy has come to an end, he’s excited about his new, upcoming journey.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity I’ve had here and I’m thankful for the opportunity to come. I just hope, I really hope for the people here who haven’t found jobs, I hope they find jobs,” Gorman said.