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The New Orleans Times-Picayune May Reduce Frequency of Publication -- NY Times

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Mr. X, May 23, 2012.

  1. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

  2. alanpagerules

    alanpagerules Member

    Photo from the staff meeting tells it all: http://media.nola.com/business_impact/photo/tims-picayune-nola-mediajpg-9053d5c58026e16c.jpg
  3. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    That's roughly the number of daily subscribers they currently have.

    TP has about 153,000 daily subscribers. The Alabama trio has about 360,000 current daily subscribers.
  4. Larry Holder

    Larry Holder New Member

    My goodness.
  5. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Some good quotes in there, and I give the writer props for noting this:

    I've yet to work in a newsroom, no matter how small, that doesn't have someone making a "re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic" comment.

    Of course, they're doing more than just re-arranging in New Orleans. They're steering straight for the iceberg.
  6. Guys,

    I'm currently working as a corro for the Times-Picayune, there is a grass roots effort by a former T-P member who has started a facebook page. It's social media time to see if they can save a paper. Click like and hopefully some good will come of it.

    Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/SaveThePicayune

    There are some really good people in that office and I want to do my part. I've been through the layoff BS in Tampa. It royally sucks. Thanks in advance.
  7. J-School Blue

    J-School Blue Member

    It's heartening to see that kind of outpouring of support for a local paper. I'm too pessimistic to have much faith it'll work, but at least it won't be because no one in New Orleans valued what the Picayune brought to their community.
  8. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    It's got a "like" from me, but I too am pessimistic. Folks up in Indy started a "Save Our Star" campaign with billboards and social and such, but there's just no way they're changing Gannett's minds about layoffs and general gutting of the product. And with NOLA, Newhouse said they're not selling.
  9. Pencil Dick

    Pencil Dick Member

  10. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member

    In that story it says:

    "Reporters/content providers will move out of The Times-Picayune’s iconic building at 3800 Howard Avenue and into office space in downtown New Orleans, where they will file more frequent and likely smaller stories for NOLA.com, the paper’s online arm. Copy editors, graphic artists and page designers at the T-P building will then take the material and use it to construct three editions of the paper each week, which will appear Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. There will be no content that is produced specifically for print, though the company may produce some special sections."

    "The plan was presented to newsroom employees as a positive change, “freeing” them from being concerned about how their work would appear in the newspaper edition in terms of word length and story elements."

    So ... post more, be mobile and nothing will be specifically produced for print. Does that mean the print editions will be nothing but fluffed-up "content" from the dotcom? Advertisers should love that, the few that stick around for three days.
  11. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    I expect the three print editions will have MORE advertising, not less. Seven days worth of ads to shove into three editions.
  12. JRoyal

    JRoyal Well-Known Member

    Until the advertisers start pulling out that is.
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