Skip to comments.New Orleans Paper Said to Face Deep Cuts and May Cut Back Publication (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 05/24/2012 4:26:41 AM PDT by abb
The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print publishing schedule, according to two employees with knowledge of the plans.
Newhouse Newspapers, which owns the Times-Picayune, will apparently be working off a blueprint the company used in Ann Arbor, Mich., where it reduced the frequency of the Ann Arbor News, emphasized the Web site as a primary distributor of news and in the process instituted wholesale layoffs to cut costs.
A request for comment late Wednesday night from the newspapers editor, Jim Amoss, was not returned.
The plans have been kept under wraps, but the newspaper will likely publish two or three times a week rather than daily, according to the employees. They insisted on anonymity because the plans were still being worked out before an official announcement.
Mr. Amoss, the longtime editor, will assist in the transition before leaving. Two managing editors, Peter Kovacs and Dan Shea, both of whom were reportedly excluded from all meetings in recent weeks about the developments, will be leaving as well.
Ashton Phelps Jr., the longtime publisher of the newspaper, announced his retirement in March and will be replaced by Ricky Mathews, the publisher of the Mobile Press-Register and president of Advance Alabama/Mississippi.
The Times-Picayune, which has published since 1837, was bought by the Newhouse family in 1962 and later merged with the afternoon daily. Up to now, the paper has avoided some of the deeper cuts in the industry, in part because the newspaper played such a critical role in the coverage of Katrina and its aftermath.
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It's a shame the state's Gannett papers are not all folding, instead of this one.
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responsible for taking out Edwin Edwards, the scourge of Louisiana.
.......but his entertainment value alone was worth living in Louisiana back then.
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I’ve noticed that nola.com has recently been changed for the worse. In regard to endorsements the T.P. has been all over the map. I remember it endorsed 0bama at the same time it endorsed Steve Scalise in 2008. Go figure. It also has consistently endorsed Bobby Jindal as well as Joseph Cao.
Those are "deep cuts," but the companies that went belly-up laid off their employees in silence. No David Carr at the New York Times to wring his hands over the "Deep Cuts" as they went out of business completely.
Indeed. Editorially, they are predictably liberal. But I have to give them their due in rooting out local and regional corruption.
Not that it’s hard to do in Louisiana - all one has to do is look...
I don’t know if they’ve got a specific section on crime, but they do report about it. I read them online.
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Times-Picayune may stop daily publication; faces deep cuts
New Orleans is NOT Ann Arbor. Totally different demographic, culturally and economically. A thee-day paper is doomed to failure.
“NEW ORLEANS PAPER SAID TO FACE DEEP CUTS”......I hate paper cuts.....they hurt like crazy.
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“Times-Picayune to cut publication to 3 days a week”
Louisiana - Half under water, the other half under indictment.
What is it about 'general circulation' don't these people don't 'get'?
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How lucky you are. I couldn't care less about what the Oregonian writes on it's editorial page. No one has to read those. It's the refusal to look for and root out the corruption that has been galling here.
The people of Louisiana apparently have only had to put up with crooks and other corruption. You can't match our former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt for pure slime. There are plenty of others, unfortunately the Oregonian has little interest in politicians it likes(or their editorial page editors).