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and are jointly owned daily newspapers in Philadelphia and the city’s two primary print media outlets.

The two newspapers are owned by H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who from Interstate General Media, a holding company owned by a  of which they had been a part. They share a free website, , and also have separate websites launched in 2013, and , which both have .

The Inquirer, a broadsheet, is the larger and older of the two newspapers. It reached national prominence during the 1970s and ’80s under the leadership of , winning between 1975 and 1990. The Daily News, a tabloid, was founded in 1925 and in 2009.

The two papers were brought under the same ownership in 1957, when the Inquirer’s owner, Moses Annenberg, bought the Daily News. Annenberg sold the papers to the newspaper chain in 1969. In 2006, when Knight Ridder was bought by the McClatchy Co., the two papers were sold to a group of local investors led by former PR executive , who later that year.

The papers during Tierney’s tenure, though those calculations didn’t include their debt obligations, which drove Philadelphia Newspapers to in 2009. In April 2010, to a group of Philadelphia Newspapers’ creditors for $139 million, about a quarter of what Tierney had bought it for four years earlier.

During Tierney’s tenure, both newspapers’ circulation , and both newsrooms’ staffs were . The papers’ coverage of local issues and the Inquirer went on a Pulitzer drought, not winning one until . The Daily News earned a for investigative reporting for stories on a rogue police narcotics squad.

The company was in early 2012, eventually being  for $55 million, barely one-tenth of its sale price in 2006 and equal to its sale price in 1969. Then-publisher Greg Osberg was of the sale process.

The papers’ new owners rehired former Inquirer editor Bill Marimow to the same position in 2012, though he was  as part of an intra-owner struggle that led two owners to . (He was later .) Several of the papers’ owners , and the conflict between owners led the paper to be in 2014, with Lenfest and Lewis Katz — who had been the minority owners — . Katz later that week, and Lenfest from his son.

The papers  in April 2013 that limited access to print or digital subscribers, with for other users. The papers had long talked publicly about paid content plans. Tierney he planned to charge for access to Philly.com, once saying he planned to institute a paywall . Osberg said in June 2010 he but might pursue other forms of paid content, particularly in mobile media.

The Inquirer was among the first newspapers to use crowdsourcing techniques during the mid-1990s, when it and asked readers to find misclassified crimes. In 2011, a Philadelphia Media Network hyperlocal news site began listing stories that reporters were working on.

In 2008, an Inquirer editor informing the newsroom that the paper would no longer post investigative reporting, features, or reviews online before they appeared in print. After the policy was met with , editors sent explaining when to post stories online and when to hold them for print.

In 2010, the newspapers continued to experiment with online tactics, devising a formula to measure audience engagement and trying a badge-based system for top users.

In 2011, the papers announced they would begin with their content built in, and launched an incubator for locally oriented tech startups, initially housing three such businesses . The program from the Knight Foundation to expand in 2013.

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