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.