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Martin: Times-Picayune gets competition. Will it also happen in Alabama?
The Montgomery Independent ^ | 10/02/2012 | Bob Martin

Posted on 10/07/2012 3:01:42 PM PDT by MacNaughton

Starting this week, as the New Orleans Times-Picayune ceases to be a daily newspaper, The Advocate, a daily paper in Baton Rouge, will begin offering home delivery of a New Orleans edition.

The new Times-Picayune publication schedule is taking place at the same time in Alabama as the state's three largest daily papers, The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and The Press-Register in Mobile, take the same thrice-weekly schedule path ...

The publication changes will make Birmingham and New Orleans the largest U.S. cities without a daily newspaper. ...

... The New Orleans and Alabama papers are owned by Advance Publications, which is owned by the Newhouse family.

... The New York Times, [states] Advance holds an advantage that many other newspapers groups lack because its papers are generally not unionized, [but] it still risks alienating readers and advertisers. ...

... The experience at The Ann Arbor News, also owned by Advance, may offer insight for what is ahead. In 2009, Advance dissolved the Michigan paper and rebranded it as, a Web site that publishes a paper on Thursdays and Sundays.

... Brian Thevenot, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch business editor who left The Times-Picayune in 2009, said reporters had already been told their priorities would shift to writing for the Web. "They want them to produce more blog posts a day and not even worry about putting things together in a more thoughtful package," ...

Just like in Ann Arbor, Mr. Newhouse may experience the same pattern for filling a reading void. Tuscaloosa is less than an hour from Birmingham, Decatur a half hour from Huntsville and Gulf Coast Newspapers in Baldwin County should find fertile ground in their own backyard. A door has been opened. Will newspapers in those areas expand coverage and delivery to compete? ...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: digital; newspaper
We have just finished our 1st week with the new Birmingham News with 3 (WE,FR,SU) deliveries instead of 7. Absolutely hate this move!

The Alabama Media Group is the new business arm of Advance Publications in AL. Their business execs have been working overtime to prepare us for the transition. It is very obvious they want to drive the new media into the digital age and force folks to look up their daily news feed on the internet.

The Birmingham News editorial page fell off the cliff 2 years ago with a change in ownership. Extreme leftist editorial cartoons and extreme leftist national opinion columns are the new norm.

Would like to hear comments from those of you who use smart phones as your primary tool for reading the news. Do you still read your local newspaper for local and state content?

1 posted on 10/07/2012 3:01:47 PM PDT by MacNaughton
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To: MacNaughton

It would seem that in Alabama and Louisiana, respectively, they should publish daily papers devoted to stories, news and pics about the Saints, the Bengals, and the Crimson Tide. No problem selling ads, I suspect, and they could put a little news on the back ( formerly sports) pages.

2 posted on 10/07/2012 3:13:15 PM PDT by ken5050 (Barack Obama: An empty suit sitting in an empty chair...)
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3 posted on 10/07/2012 3:13:59 PM PDT by ken5050 (Barack Obama: An empty suit sitting in an empty chair...)
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To: MacNaughton

We subscribed to the TPSI 27 years ago while living in Southern Mississippi. This is not unexpected but it is now personal and shocking. As a news carrier (paperboy) 40+ years ago I feel even more the march of technology. Wow!

4 posted on 10/07/2012 3:23:52 PM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter has more relevant&quality executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: MacNaughton

1. How old ARE you people that you still subscribe to a dead-tree-and-ink delivery service?
2. Why are you voluntarily feeding the most anachronistic of the MSM’s branches?

5 posted on 10/07/2012 3:35:55 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: MacNaughton

I’m old enough to have developed the habit of reading the paper every day at breakfast. Now my local fishwrap has gone to the 3 day schedule, and they are charging the same as for 7 days, so they can stick it.

6 posted on 10/07/2012 3:47:01 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: MacNaughton
Some 200 employees will end up losing their jobs at the Times-Picayune. including nearly half of all existing newsroom staffers. Some 400 employees will eventually be laid off at the Alabama newspapers.

I regret the average Joe losing his job, I really do. OTOH, I don't mind reading that the newsroom staffers are going to hit the street. They and their bosses help bring this onto themselves by tilting their reporting toward the left and alienating their loyal readers.

Adios, amigos.

7 posted on 10/07/2012 3:58:29 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: ken5050

8 posted on 10/07/2012 4:02:45 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: MacNaughton

My primary tool for reading the news is called After that it is Drudge. For this I use a computer, a tablet and a smartphone, whichever I have handy. For example, I’m in the den at my desk on the computer. Latter tonight in the bedroom I’ll use my Kindle Fire. In the John I might read Drudge on the Droid phone.

My wife only gets the Sunday paper for the ads. Other than that, we do not want to subsidize leftist rags.

Wish the Montgomery Advertiser would go bankrupt.

9 posted on 10/07/2012 6:01:25 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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“My wife only gets the Sunday paper for the ads.”

I’ve gone to the websites of all the national and regional chain stores I shop at and signed up to receive emails of their newspaper circulars. If a printed coupon is required, then I just print out the coupon I want. Often, I print out multiple copies and use them on separate days and/or with separate family members.

Also, interestingly enough, the grocery store chains in my area deliver a package of their circulars in the mail now. They’ve been doing this for quite some time, so apparently they’re realized they can’t reach very many people any more via newspaper delivery.

Now I no longer have to feed the leftist beast to get the ads and coupons I want.

10 posted on 10/07/2012 8:09:57 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: catnipman

Drat! How am I going to line my cat’s litter box?

11 posted on 10/08/2012 12:01:09 AM PDT by sanjacgal (Follow the Money)
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To: MacNaughton
Get an iPad or similar tablet and stop reading yesterday's news on dead trees.

NY Slimes used only as an example...

12 posted on 10/08/2012 1:50:03 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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