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After Nearly A Century In Residence, Journalists Say Goodbye To Milwaukee Journal Building

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Courtesy of Tom Daykin
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The Milwaukee Journal building in downtown Milwaukee.

After nearly a century in residence, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will be moving. The building, built in 1924, was first created for the Milwaukee Journal which merged with the Milwaukee Sentinel newspaper in 1995. It was sold late last year, and while developers had planned to turn the space into affordable housing alongside student housing, their plans have recently changed.

Reporter Tom Daykin started with the Journal in the early '90s through the merger and has seen the newsroom shrink over the past couple of decades. He says that while he will miss the old building, the newsroom staff has changed in ways the building hasn’t over the last hundred years.

"Over the years as the newspaper industry has seen a decline in revenue, we’ve shed employees. And so the Journal Sentinel was down to the point where it was using about 25% of the space in that building," he explains. 

The Journal Sentinel plans on moving into the 330 Kilbourn office complex in East Town.

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Joy Powers joined WUWM January 2016 as producer for Lake Effect. Most recently, she was a director and producer for The Afternoon Shift, on WBEZ-fm, Chicago Public Radio.