Special Times-Picayune Edition of Newspapers Digital First News Summary

This is a special edition of my weekly update spotlighting  many of the stories in the news concerning the reduction of publication days at Advance Publications, especially at the Times-Picayune. Just thought I would pull some of them together from some of the stories you’ll see in my weekly updates. Putting them  together in one place will hopefully make them easier to read. They’re in no particular order.

Advance digital exec hints that other papers may follow Times-Picayune lead              Randy Siegel, Advance Publications’ president of local digital strategy, tells Michaelle Bond that the changes coming to the New Orleans Times-Picayuneand to the company’s Alabama papers may affect other publications.

Times-Picayune Advertisers Voice Opposition to Newspaper’s Planned Changes       Several major Times-Picayune advertisers have added their names to the list of business and civic leaders opposing a plan to reduce publication of the dailly newspaper to three days a week.

Newhouse Flunks The Test In New Orleans                                                                               Its Web site buries the blow-by-blow of major layoffs at the Times-Picayune while showcasing a feel-good video from the paper’s editor. Tues., June 12, 2012.

Heresy on the bayou                                                                                                                   More than the news that it would no longer publish every day; more than the rumor that those left in the newsroom will be compensated, in part, based on the traffic their stories generate; more than the dismay of learning that industry “upheaval,” as one newsroom executive put it, could decimate an outlet that Hurricane Katrina could not

Advance Makes Deep Cuts At Ala. Papers                                                                                Two weeks ago, Birmingham News publisher Pam Siddall told newsroom employees that rumors of cuts as deep as 50 percent of staff were ridiculous, but when the ax fell Tuesday morning, the cuts were even deeper, with 60 percent of newsroom staff potentially losing their jobs and many more being let go in other departments throughout the company.

Times-Picayune features layoffs on front page, Alabama papers minimize ‘job status’  When Advance Publications announced late last month that it would be reducing staff and printing at four newspapers, that news was featured as prominently as possible on the front pages in affected communities, with headlines that trumpeted “Exciting changes for our readers” and “Newspaper to move focus to digital.”

Times-Picayune tells readers: ‘This is a difficult week at our paper’                                       As journalists at Advance Publications’ New Orleans and Alabama papers receive word of layoffs, Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss is responding to readers angry about the plan to reduce printing and staff.

Lessons from the Motor City: What New Orleans might expect when the printing presses slow 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.

New Orleans, Alabama and the future of digital journalism                                                      As expected, Newhouse-owned newspaper chain Advance Publications announced on Tuesday a wave of layoffs at its properties in Alabama and at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans

“Advance Publications lays off 600 people at Times-Picayune, Alabama papers”     Advance Publications announced Tuesday that it will cut about 600 jobs at The Times-Picayune and its papers in Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville, Ala., when the papers stop printing daily and shift focus to their websites.

Will other Advance newspapers face cuts like Times-Picayune, Alabama papers?       Advance Publications’ decision to cut staff and reduce printing to three days a week at its papers in New Orleans and Alabama has worried journalists at its other newspapers. Cleveland Scene’s Kyle Swenson reported that The Plain Dealer Managing Editor Thom Fladung tried to “ease anxiety” last week:

How Times-Picayune, Alabama newspaper changes played on their front pages                   If anything is front-page news, it’s that your newspaper is going to stop printing every day. Here’s how the four Advance Publications newspapers (and one outsider) told their readers Friday morning about the changes.

Gutting The Times-Picayune to Save It                                                                                    The newsroom staff at The Times-Picayune is being cut by an astonishing 50% as the owners move to a new, web-centric strategy and cut back daily publication to three days a week, come September.

Times-Picayune parent pays Saints players to tweet about paper’s team site           Advance Digital is paying New Orleans Saints players Drew Brees, Lance Moore, Tracy Porter, Pierre Thomas and Jonathan Vilma to tweet a plug for the Times-Picayune’s redesigned Saints site.

New Orleans meets the Hamster Wheel                                                                                The gutting of New Orleans beloved Times-Picayune and Advance Publications’ plan to turn it into a sort of major market AnnArbor.com looks set to bring journalism built on “motion for motion’s sake… volume without thought” to a city built on doing the opposite.

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About Jeff Hartley

Career Newspaper Executive specializing in Consumer Revenue Growth-both print and digital. Social Media and Mobile Enthusiast. Frequent speaker on consumer revenue and print/digital audience growth.
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