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Hurricane Impacts Media Firms

With Hurricane Sandy expected to bring unprecedented damage to the East Coast, media companies like Condé Nast and Hearst closed their offices.

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MEDIA WORLD CLOSURES: With Hurricane Sandy expected to bring unprecedented damage to the East Coast, media companies like Condé Nast and Hearst on Monday closed their offices and canceled a number of high-profile events.

Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg was set to open the MediaNext conference with a keynote address at the Marriott Marquis in New York. The conference was scheduled through Wednesday, but it has now been moved to early January. WWD was due to hold its annual CEO Summit at The Plaza hotel on Monday and Tuesday, but postponed the event until later in the year. Hearst’s shelter titles — Elle Decor, Veranda and House Beautiful — moved their annual interior design showcase from Tuesday to Nov. 12. And Hearst Magazines president Michael Clinton canceled a benefit dinner for his charity, Circle of Generosity, that was scheduled for Tuesday night.

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal closed their offices for nonessential personnel, but had teams of reporters covering the storm from the field — the Times’ main online report, which was updated throughout the day, alone had 27 bylines by the afternoon.

The two dailies, along with several others on the East Coast, like the Boston Globe and the Baltimore Sun, anticipated disruptions to deliveries and tore down their paywalls either entirely or for storm coverage.

Times reporters, filing from as far away as North Carolina, went into storm coverage mode with a bit of good news. After 20 months of negotiations, the Newspaper Guild said Sunday night it had reached a tentative agreement for a new contract with Times management.

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