The New York Observer Lost Its Pink Paper Today

March 19, 2014 | Andy Cush

New York media nostalgists may find occasion to get misty-eyed this morning as the New York Observer launches its revamped look, featuring smaller pages, a tabloid layout, and white — not pale pink — paper. Joseph Meyer, CEO of Observer Media Group, explained the change in an internal memo published by Capital New York.

Our new print format, redesigned both in size and form is accessible, and contemporary, allowing our editors to direct our readers to the big idea of story. Our covers and three feature wells enable us to highlight important New York topics and personalitites and write more long-form, investigative pieces, with more room for opinion pieces and columns, as well as richer photography and more illustrations.

Changes at the paper are more than skin deep. The Observer — once admired as scrappy and unafraid to speak truth to power — recently came under fire for publishing a hit piece on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after the AG pursued litigations against Donald Trump. Jared Kushner, who owns the paper, is married to Ivanka Trump. And last year, the Observer ran a list of “25 Achievers Who Are Writing New York’s Next Chapter” that, as New York magazine pointed out, included the real estate mogul’s daughter as well as several others in Kushner’s circle of friends and associates.

Observer.com, the paper’s website, has changed as well. Where are the links to Betabeat, Gallerist, and Politicker?

(Image: John Kerschbaum)