The Baton Rouge paper had been nursing its 1950s era letterpresses for years when it finally had to bite the bullet and invest in a new production facility. The speedy offset press came online in 2006, just as the country headed into a recession and the newspaper industry was tanking.
So when John Georges closed the deal to buy The Advocate in May, it came with one of the newest printing presses in the country.
R.T. Scott talks with John Georges, the new publisher of The Advocate which is producing an edition to compete with the Times-Pic in New Orleans, and Rolfe McCollister, publisher of the Baton Rouge Business report, about what the changes mean for readers in Baton Rouge.
Audio will be available by approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11.
Free introductory copies of the Baton Rouge Advocate's new New Orleans edition are seen next to copies of TheTimes-Picayune at Lakeside News in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie in September. The Baton Rouge newspaper started its own daily edition to try to fill the void left when TheTimes-Picayune scaled back its print edition to three days a week.
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A year later, these friends are still gathering to talk over the paper, but it's not The Times-Picayune. From left: Sue Paraski, Sharon Morrow, Eric Hartman, Joe Mole.
A year ago today, news leaked that The Times-Picayune would cease daily publication, cut staff and focus on its website, NOLA.com. The paper and ink edition now hits doorsteps and newsstands just three days a week: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
History and tradition play an outsized role in New Orleans. So perhaps it is no surprise that The Times-Picayune’s move has led to a modern-day version of a relic of media history: the newspaper war.
The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com have announced that the company will once again publish a physical paper seven days a week.
But it won’t be the full newspaper. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays readers will find a shorter, tabloid sized publication at newsstands — instead of the empty space they see now. It will not available for home delivery. WWNO’s Paul Maassen sat down with Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss to talk about the new product.
Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 10:07 am
A visit with former state lawmaker Reverend Raymond Jetson, to discuss efforts to repeal incomes taxes at the State Capitol, and the Reverend's grassroots efforts to improve public schools in Baton Rouge.
Former LSU Journalism Professor Jay Perkins talks about media coverage of Governor Bobby Jindal, and the state of modern journalism in general.
Jim chats with Dr. Daphne Cain, of the LSU School of Social Work.