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Special Reports

Newspapers
NOLA, Times-Picayune Face More Staff Cuts
Blog of New Orleans, Jun 18, 2015, 11:24 AM EDT
Kevin Allman reports that two days after executives at NOLA Media Group, publisher of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, announced the company would be merging with the Alabama Media Group to form a new "Southeast Regional Media Group," managers at the media company's offices met with reporters to announce the newsroom would shrink — again. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Times-Pic Moves Printing From NOLA To Ala.
Nola.com, Oct 21, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT
Advance Publications-owned The Times-Picayune will close its New Orleans printing plant and shift printing operations to Mobile, Ala. The shift will result in the elimination of more than 100 jobs. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
In NOLA, Times-Pic Makes Print More Regular
Nieman Journalism Lab, Oct 20, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT
New Orleans' Times-Picayune was the most prominent example of a daily newspaper cutting print and home-delivery days. But as part of a big bet on football, it’s bringing Mondays back to subscribers — at least for the fall. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Times-Picayune Fends Off Advocate In Nola
USA Today, Jan 28, 2014, 7:47 AM EST
Despite The Times-Picayune's avowed campaign of rebirth, competition from the New Orleans Advocate and lingering market forces in New Orleans continue to tug at its once inexorable march toward an unencumbered digital future. There is an old-fashioned newspaper war here, an improbable and unusual development in the digital era. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Court To Times-Pic: Turn Over Commenters' Names
The Times-Picayune, Jan 23, 2014, 11:40 AM EST
Newspapers
Times-Pic Wants Ex-Employees' Suits Dismissed
Nola.com, Jan 21, 2014, 5:17 PM EST
Newspapers
Study: Times-Pic Softer After Digital Shift
Columbia Journalism Review, Jan 14, 2014, 2:06 PM EST
Tulane University Professor Vicki Mayer and the students of her Media Analysis class last fall completed what’s known in academic circles as a content analysis designed to compare the quality of the printed Times-Picayune of 2011 with the newspaper of 2013 as well as the allied digital platforms — website, tablet, and smartphone — now given primary emphasis and designed ultimately to supplant the paper altogether. The study provides solid support for the idea that digital platforms — even from the same news organization — require, or at least incentivize, softer, less-well-sourced, poorer quality news. Link | Add comment
Newspapers/Journalism
A Number Of NYT Reporters Join Nola's Times-Pic
Capital New York, Dec 20, 2013, 3:51 PM EST
One Year Later:
Nola, 'Bama Media Markets Fractured
Poynter, Oct 3, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT
B.E. Mintz is attuned to the irony: After the 176-year-old New Orleans Times-Picayune ceased daily publication a year ago this week, "people took the position, 'I'm so angry that I have to read the newspaper online, that I'm going to go read my news somewhere else online,'" he said. Besides New Orleans, the communities of Huntsville, Birmingham, and Mobile, Ala., and Pascagoula, Miss., also lost their daily newspapers on Oct 1, 2012, as part of Advance Publications' "digital-first" restructuring. After publishing daily for a combined total of more than 500 years, the papers became primarily digital operations. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Book Details The Fight To Save The Times-Pic
New Orleans Magazine, Oct 1, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT
From Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily Times-Picayune, by former Times-Picayune reporter Rebecca Thiem: "By not providing meaningful information in the weeks after the initial announcement, the T-P's and Advance's executives created an information vacuum that fueled growth of the Friends [of the Times-Picayune Facebook] Page and made it a central information conduit for most rank-and-file employees and their supporters. As a result, Advance and the newspaper's brass unwittingly legitimized and fueled one of the most effective tools its detractors would deploy in the coming months." Link | Add comment
Newspapers/TV
Times-Pic, WVUE Team Up On Newsgathering
The Times-Picayune, Jun 27, 2013, 8:07 AM EDT
Advance Publications-owned Times-Picyune and Louisiana Media Co.'s WVUE in New Orleans have entered into a newsgathering partnership that will combine the journalistic resources of both entities. Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Times-Pic's New Print Pub Hits Newsstands
Nola.com, Jun 24, 2013, 6:16 AM EDT
Advance Publications-owned Times-Picayune today rolled out its new print product TP Street, making it available at 1,500 locations — newsstands, vending boxes, grocery stores and coffee shops throughout New Orleans, and surrounding areas. The paper will be published on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Cutbacks: One Year Later
News Habits Changing In New Orleans
The Lens, May 24, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT
In the year since Advance Publications announced that it was cutting the print run of New Orleans' Times-Picayune to three days per week, the city's newspaper culture is slowly changing, finding new ways to consume news and reading other newspapers. “We’re so sad the paper decided to give up on us,” says nurse Sharon Morrow. “I’ve stopped my subscription. I mourn the paper almost every day.” Link | Add comment
Newspapers
Rivals Eye Times-Pic's Public Notices
Uptown Messenger, May 23, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT
Advance Publications-owned New Orleans Times-Picayune's recent print schedule reduction could open the door for rivals including The Advocate and Gambit, to outbid the newspaper for the official journal contract from the City of New Orleans. Losing the contract would be a major blow for the newspaper, which has always counted on public notices as a portion of its revenue. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic: A Paper Monpoly That Lost Its Grip
The New York Times, May 13, 2013, 6:09 AM EDT
A year after launching its plan to cut its print schedule to three days per week, Advance Publications' New Orleans Times-Picayune late last month announced that it will launch a new tabloid that will print on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. David Carr writes that the industry's belief that its historic monopolies will hold together based on inertia has proved false: "Clearly, commanding a market to change on a dime because it suits your business plan does not mean readers will obey." Link | Add comment
Advocate Owner Wanted To Buy Times-Pic
Poynter.org, May 8, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT
John Georges, the new owner of the Baton Rouge-based Advocate, says tried to buy the New Orleans Times-Picayune, but Advance Publications was unwilling to sell. The revelation is the latest twist in a mounting newspaper war between the Advocate, which is expanding its coverage of New Orleans, and the Times-Pic, which has drastically reduced print publication.  Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Baton Rouge Bureau Head Exits
Best of New Orleans, Mar 28, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT
New Orleans Times-Picayune & NOLA.com
Nola.com: How Can Performance Impact Pay?
Best of New Orleans, Mar 12, 2013, 7:22 AM EDT
Advance Publications-owned Nola Media Group on Friday sent a memo inviting reporters  to training sessions to "discuss how your performance can positively impact your pay." In the memo, the company said its "current and future business objectives require an increased focus on improved performance and talent development." Link | Add comment
Analysis
Do Advance's Moves Hurt Local Journalism?
Columbia Journalism Review, Mar 1, 2013, 12:28 PM EST
Ten months after Advance Publications cut the New Orleans Times-Picayune's staff and print run, industry watchers are still trying to find the meaning of what happened. One of the less examined aspects: the radical change in how journalism is done at the 176-year-old newspaper and what that means for the future of news coverage. Also overlooked are the strange finances of the move, which help explain what to many appears inexplicable, from either a journalistic or a business point of view. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Numbers Raise Questions
Columbia Journalism Review, Feb 25, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
New Orleans' Times-Picayune during last week's Key Executives MegaConference gave a bright picture of the newspaper's numbers, but CJR's Ryan Chittum says not so fast: "Quarter-to-quarter numbers are less helpful than year-over-year ones because of seasonal variations in sales. That’s why the latter is standard practice among public companies, and why it’s something to flag when executives tout the former." Link | Add comment
Key Executives MegaConference 2013
For Times-Pic Digital Play, 'So Far, So Good'
NetNewsCheck, Feb 19, 2013, 1:14 PM EST
The New Orleans Times-Picayune came under fire last year when it decided to cut back its print product to three days per week, but according to the newspaper, the change's positive effects have outweighed the negative. "We're just in chapter two — so far, so good," Ricky Matthews, NOLA Media Group's president, said at the 2013 MegaConference. Full Story | Add comment
Outcry After NOLA's Daily Paper Cuts Back
60 Minutes, Jan 7, 2013, 6:34 AM EST
Morley Safer reports on how The [New Orleans] Times-Picayune has fared since it cut back its print run to three days per week to focus on its website and trimmed its newsroom staff. Watch the full video here and below.
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Times-Pic Offers Update, Sparks Backlash
Nola.com, Jan 7, 2013, 6:01 AM EST
Jim Amoss, editor of The [New Orleans] Times-Picayune, on the paper's recent shift toward a digital-first strategy: "Now that we have more than three months under our belt, you have a basis for judging our performance." Much of the reader response to the editorial focused on lack of access to online news for the poor and elderly, a perceived drop in quality of the paper's reporting and the way "top stories" were selected by popularity. "The TP is holding the city hostage, because there is nothing else out there. But they are fooling themselves if they think the reason they still have subscribers is because people have accepted this decision willingly," wrote subscriber Bill Bennett.
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60 Minutes To Examine Times-Pic Digital Shift
60 Minutes, Jan 4, 2013, 10:19 AM EST
As New Orleans' Times-Picayune goes to a three-day-a-week publishing schedule and other newspapers face a similar fate, CBS's 60 Minutes on Jan. 6 will air a story about the declining state of the industry. Watch a preview here or below.
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Advocate: We Have 10K Subs In New Orleans
WWLTV, Oct 8, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT
The Baton Rouge Advocate, after stepping in to fill the void left by the Times-Picayune's decision to print three days per week, has quickly hit the 10,000-subscriber mark in New Orleans.
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newsonomics of Advance’s NOLA strategy
Times-Pic Cutbacks Make Sense In Long Run
Nieman Journalism Lab, Oct 4, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT
The Times-Picayune’s strategy of cutting back on print days might make sense in the long run. But its execution has opened up the door for competition and weakened its ability to generate more money from readers. Link | Add comment
LSU Survey
51% Of Times-Pic Subs Will Buy Advocate
NetNewsCheck, Oct 4, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT
Some 51.4% of Times-Picayune subscribers said they will buy The (Baton Rouge, La,) Advocate's New Orleans edition, while 28.2% of nonsubscribers said they would do the same, according to a new survey from the Louisiana State University's Public Policy Research Lab. The survey also found that 76% of NOLA residents plan to turn to TV for their local news. | Add comment
Times-Pic: We Have No Paywall Plans
Nola.com, Oct 4, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT
Editors from New Orleans' Advance Publications-owned Times Picayune during a live-chat Q&A about the newspaper's new three-day format on Wednesday said the paper has no plans to put up a paywall. Link | Add comment
For NOLA, A Daily That's No Longer Daily
The New York Times, Oct 1, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT
On Saturday night at the Howlin' Wolf club in downtown New Orleans, more than 300 current and former colleagues, family members and well-wishers gathered to raise a final glass to The Times-Picayune’s 175-year run as a daily newspaper. Link | Add comment
Newspaper War Brewing In New Orleans
The Associated Press, Sep 28, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT
As The Times-Picayune begins its three-day-a-week schedule Oct. 1, new competition is emerging in New Orleans. New Orleanians are signing up in droves to get the daily Baton Rouge Advocate, which recently announced expansion into New Orleans. Readers will decide whether they still want The Times-Picayune, a Pulitzer-winning, 175-year-old New Orleans icon that will print every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Link | Add comment
Advocate Prints First New Orleans Edition
WWLTV, Sep 25, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT
On Monday, The Advocate's publisher David Manship launched the first New Orleans edition. The Advocate handed out free copies of the paper at all of their point of sale locations, such as drug stores. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Works To Boost Digital Literacy
NetNewsCheck, Sep 25, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT
Advance Publication's newly formed NOLA Media Group is partnering with the Greater New Orleans Foundation on the NOLA Access Initiative, which will provide funding for nonprofits dedicated to boosting digital access in New Orleans. Full Story | Add comment
Times-Pic To Open Baton Rouge Office
NetNewsCheck, Sep 21, 2012, 7:01 AM EDT
The NOLA Media Group will open a new bureau in the Louisiana capital and will roll out a customized Baton Rouge version of NOLA.com and a Baton Rouge edition of The Times-Picayune. Full Story | Add comment
The Fight To Save The Times-Picayune
Best of New Orleans, Sep 18, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT
Kevin Allman on how New Orleans rallied in its effort to save The Times-Picayune: "The thunk of a Tuesday or Thursday Times-Picayune hitting the porch is going away forever, and many have expressed their fears that NOLA.com and a three-days-a-week paper ... is no substitute for The Times-Picayune's 175 years of daily public service. Imperfect as 'da paper' may have been at times, as wrong as it has been on important issues over the decades, it still served as a watchdog, and in recent years was a newspaper far better than many larger papers — in short, far better than it had to be." Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Sings The Blues To Angry Readers
The Wall Street Journal, Sep 10, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT
New Orleans' Times-Picayune has been at the center of a firestorm of criticism from readers since announcing its plans to cut back its print edition to three days per week. Ricky Mathews, president of Advance Publications' Nola Media Group, tells The Wall Street Journal that most of that criticism is largely based on the widespread misconception that the Times-Picayune is doing fine financially. He adds that falling print revenue was the main reason behind the change. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here. | Add comment
Journo With Times-Pic Rant Joins Advocate
JimRomenesko.com, Sep 7, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT
Times-Pic, Nola.com Team With WVUE On Sports
NetNewsCheck, Sep 6, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT
Times-Pic Turns To Digital To Cover Storms
Marketplace, Aug 30, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT
James O'Byrne, director of content at NOLA.com, on what changes at the paper mean for the coverage of Hurricane Isaac and future storms: "I think you don't need news print to do great journalism. In times of hurricanes and crisis like this where power is limited, transportation is difficult, the digital space is even more vital and has become the way that people find out information." Link | Add comment
An End Of An Era For NOLA Newspaper
CBS Evening News, Aug 28, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT
The news will continue in New Orleans — just not on paper every day as The Times-Picayune will be cutting back its print edition.
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Baton Rouge Advocate Lays Out NOLA Plan
MyNewOrleans.com, Aug 28, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT
The newspaper announces that it will start giving papers away at stores, coffee shops and on street corners on Sept. 24th and will do so until October when it will roll out home delivery in most ZIP codes around New Orleans. Link | Add comment
Exclusive
NOLA Update: Media Rivals Gearing Up
NetNewsCheck, Aug 23, 2012, 6:53 AM EDT
Advance Publications’ announcement in May that it was cutting back the print edition of New Orleans’ venerable newspaper The Times-Picayune and expanding digital coverage sent shockwaves through the city, raising a tremendous hue and cry from the daily’s print loyalists. The question now facing “Crescent City” media is whether the market is ready to embrace a digitally-centric news future. But that media isn’t waiting on an answer: Recent weeks have brought announcements of new digital alliances and initiatives, not to mention some cosmetic surgery for the much-maligned interface at NOLA.com. Full Story | Comments (1)
Print Cuts Leave Older Readers Behind
Marketplace, Aug 21, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT
Advance Publications's decision to cut back print circulation to three days a week at its New Orleans Times-Picayune and its Alabama papers has sparked an outcry  in those markets, mostly from older readers who don't want to get their news online. Link | Add comment
Last Times-Pic Money Intern Turns Out The Lights
BusinessJournalism.org, Aug 15, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT
TP Journo Who Blasted Paper Leaves 'Sinking Ship'
JimRomenesko.com, Aug 13, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT
Times-Pic Vets Reinvent Themselves After Layoffs
Huffington Post, Aug 13, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT
Commentary
Newhouse: We Need To Embrace Digital
Poynter, Aug 3, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT
Steve Newhouse on Advance Publications' digital transition and the future of The Times-Picayune: "We are in the midst of a digital revolution and instead of constantly being disrupted by our numerous online competitors, we decided to re-invent ourselves. It is useless to bemoan the digital revolution and the unintended consequences that have come along with it; the trick is to turn that trend to the advantage of our papers, our readers, and our communities." Link | Add comment
Nola.com Launches Redesigned Home Page
Nola.com, Aug 1, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT
Nola.com, the online home for Advance Publications-owned The [New Orleans] Times-Picayune, this week rolled out a redesign intended to address readers' complaints about the old design, adding a different presentation for top stories, new color palette and fonts. Link | Add comment
N.O. Saints Owner Offers To Buy Times-Pic
WWLTV, Jul 26, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT
In a letter to Times-Picayune owner Steven Newhouse, Tom Benson, owner of New Orleans professional sports teams the Saints and Hornets, made his strongest statement yet that he is interested in purchasing the newspaper. Link | Add comment
Nonprofit Preps To Pick Up Times-Pic Slack
Best of New Orleans, Jul 24, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT
Nonprofit NOLA Beat (which was in its early stages known as NolaNow.org), a startup planned in the mold of ProPublica or the Texas Tribune, is planning to launch later this year Link | Add comment
What Will A Click-Driven Times-Pic Look Like
Columbia Journalism Review, Jul 20, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT
Sarah Carr: "If clicks drove coverage at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans — a more realistic prospect than it’s ever been — what kind of publication would we get? We can look at past traffic and get a rough answer: In a doomsday scenario, we would read only about sex, sports, crime, and more crime." Link | Add comment
Commentary
Why Times-Pic Changes Should Be Defended
GigaOM, Jul 12, 2012, 7:42 AM EDT
Mathew Ingram: Advance Publications is "no different than any other newspaper owner — all of whom are trying to find a way of salvaging what they can from the wreckage of their former business model. Trying to return to the glory days of old just isn’t an option." Link | Add comment
commentary
In New Orleans, Profit Trumps Readers
Media, Disrupted, Jul 10, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT
John L. Robinson: "I appreciate the efforts of readers of the Times-Picayune to keep the New Orleans newspaper published seven days a week. Unfortunately, they will be unsuccessful. Here is a simple, boiled down reason: Readers value the public service the newspaper produces. Owners value the profit the newspaper produces." Link | Add comment
What Digital Divide Means For NOLA News
Poynter, Jul 9, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT
In New Orleans, the digital divide is more pronounced than in many other cities. The gaps are due in part to affordability, but they are also due to policy decisions made by lawmakers in the state that minimize competition, which in turn helps keep prices of broadband artificially inflated and out of reach for poorer residents, which means that in September, when The Times-Picayune cuts back its print coverage, the city's residents will likely become some of the most disconnected in the country. Link | Add comment
New Orleans Times-Picayune & NOLA.com
Deadline Today For TP Journos To Accept New Jobs
Poynter, Jun 29, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT
What Changes At US Papers Means Globally
INMA, Jun 21, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT
Earl Wilkinson on what the recent changes across the U.S. newspaper industry means for papers worldwide: "New ownership will create an American market of experimentation that has not been seen before on this scale. It is exciting ... and scary." Link | Add comment
Blacks Take Greater Hit In Times-Pic Layoffs
Poynter, Jun 21, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT
African-Americans were disproportionately hit in last week's layoffs at The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, meaning the newspaper serving the majority-black city will become less diverse unless the difference is made up with new hires. Link | Add comment
T-P Ed: We Remain Commited To Journalism
PBS NewsHour, Jun 18, 2012, 7:37 AM EDT
Jim Amoss, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune editor, says despite recent cutbacks, the newspaper remains committed to quality investigative journalism. Link | Add comment
Commentary
For Times-Pic, Staff Cuts Make Some Sense
Poynter, Jun 18, 2012, 7:37 AM EDT
Rick Edmonds on changes at the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "I think The Times-Picayune will be able to cut its news staff costs by 50%. News is typically 15% of total costs, so that is another savings of 7.5%. That makes the immediate financial impact of the move positive, but only a little: 25% savings versus 22% revenue losses." Link | Add comment
Why Newspapers Were Doomed All Along
Harvard Business Review, Jun 15, 2012, 7:21 AM EDT
Justin Fox: "Dealing with disruptive innovation is difficult at any time, in any industry. But the business models of metropolitan daily newspapers in the U.S. pretty much set them up for failure once the Internet arrived. And even if they'd succeeded, their news operations would be endangered anyway." Link | Add comment
Commentary
Advance's Strategy: Motion For Motion's Sake
Columbia Journalism Review, Jun 14, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT
Ryan Chittum: "What Advance looks like it’s doing [in New Orleans and Alabama] is disinvesting in journalism behind a digital smokescreen." Link | Add comment
Commentary
Nola, Ala. And Future Of Digital Journalism
GigaOM, Jun 14, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT
Mathew Ingram on Advance Publications' decision to cut back the number of daily editions for its papers in New Orleans and Alabama and focus on digital: "The need for a transition from print to digital is not in doubt, but if the company wants to convince outside observers that it isn't just cutting staff in order to prop up its historic profit margins, it's going to have to come up with something a bit more substantial." Link | Add comment
Lessons From Detroit About Paper Cutbacks
Nieman Journalism Lab, Jun 14, 2012, 7:33 AM EDT
In 2009, The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News cut back to three days of home delivery a week. Three years later, their struggles continue. Detroit's newspapers hold a lesson for Advvance Publications' New Orleans Times-Picayune. Link | Add comment
Newhouse Flunks The Test In New Orleans
American Journalism Review, Jun 13, 2012, 8:15 AM EDT
Its website buries the blow-by-blow of major layoffs at The Times-Picayune while showcasing a feel-good video from the paper's editor. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Why A Weak Site Can't Replace Times-Pic
The Atlantic, Jun 12, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT
John McQuaid: "While the local controversy has focused on the loss of daily publication, something more disquieting has been overlooked: Advance's Internet strategy has never been about journalism or news. It's about clicks." Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Lays Off 200 Employees
Nola.com, Jun 12, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT
The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, according to documents given to employees, is shrinking its overall staff — including news, advertising, circulation and other departments — by 32%, or 202 employees. Their last day with the company will be Sept. 30. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Advertisers Oppose Changes
The Times-Picayune, Jun 12, 2012, 7:56 AM EDT
Several major New Orleans Times-Picayune advertisers have added their names to the list of business and civic leaders opposing Advance Publications' plan to reduce publication of the daily newspaper to three days a week. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Profits Aren't Only Consideration For Papers
Fortune, Jun 11, 2012, 7:08 AM EDT
It might make sense for some newspapers in some cities to quickly switch to digital, but it doesn't make sense in New Orleans, where the Times-Picayune is a profitable paper with a high percentage of the population that reads the print product. Link | Add comment
For Newspapers, A Less Than Daily Future
American Journalism Review, Jun 11, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT
Experts see the reduced publishing schedule for Newhouse papers in New Orleans and Alabama as a precursor of things to come for the newspaper industry. Link | Add comment
Analysis
Profits Aren't Only Consideration At Papers
CNNMoney.com, Jun 11, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT
It might make sense for newspapers in some cities to have a "digital first" strategy. It might even be a good idea for some papers to cut back or even eliminate their print editions. But New Orleans is perhaps the worst possible place to try it first, even if dispensing with the Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday editions will improve the paper's margins in the short run. Link | Add comment
analysis
Is A Newspaper Just Another Digital Voice?
GigaOM, Jun 6, 2012, 6:03 AM EDT
Mathew Ingram asks the question, "Does being digital rob a newspaper of some of its power?"  Ingram argues "that there is no reason (theoretically at least) why a digital-only organization couldn’t be just as much of a watchdog, and serve the community as well or better than a printed newspaper." Link | Add comment
Citizens Fight Times-Picayune Changes
Nola.com, Jun 4, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT
Newspaper Cuts Raise Analyst Questions
The New York Times, Jun 4, 2012, 6:24 AM EDT
Some industry analysts warn that readers raised on a daily newspaper appearing at their door will lose a sense of loyalty if it arrives only a few days a week. It is like having CBS and NBC going dark on nights when they do not sell much advertising. Link | Add comment
Commentary
A Doomed Romance With A NOLA Newspaper
The New York Times, May 28, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT
David Carr on the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "Many newspapers have gone away, including The Rocky Mountain News in Denver and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Others have been diminished to the point where it wouldn’t matter if they did go away. So why the freak-out over the Times-Pic? Because it is a story about a town that loved its newspaper ... but just not enough to keep it. It’s the kind of doomed romance that inspires tear-jerker movies and elegiac columns in, yes, newspapers." Link | Add comment
Times-Pic Changes Get Strong Reactions
The Times-Picayune, May 25, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT
The reaction to the announced changes at New Orleans daily newspaper The Times-Picayune was a combination of shock, incredulity, anger and sadness, expressed in telephone calls, emails, tweets and Facebook and at www.savethepicayune.com, a site that civic activist Anne Milling bought Thursday morning. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic To Focus On Digital, Reduce Print
The Times-Picayune, May 24, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT
New Orleans' Times-Picayune confirmed that it will cut back its print daily to three editions per week — Wednesday, Friday and Sunday — starting this fall. The move is part of the formation a new company, the NOLA Media Group, that will focus primarily on digital. "The decision to form a new company signals a change in the way news is delivered to an increasingly wired New Orleans area audience," Ricky Mathews, who will lead the new company, said in the Advance Publications-owned newspaper's announcement. The confirmation follows a Wednesday night item in The New York Times that reported the possibility of staff cuts and a reduced printing schedule for the Times-Picayune. Link | Add comment
Times-Pic May Cut Staff, Cut Back From Daily
The New York Times, May 24, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT
Newhouse Newspapers, which owns the New Orleans Times-Picayune, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print publishing schedule to emphasize the paper's website, according to a report in The New York Times. Link | Add comment
NOLA's Times-Picayune May Cut Staff, Pub Sked
The New York Times, May 24, 2012, 7:33 AM EDT

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