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The publisher of Baton Rouge's daily newspaper says it is gearing up for a move into the New Orleans market.

Beginning Oct. 1, The Advocate plans to begin delivery of a new New Orleans edition of the paper. The move comes shortly after a decision by The Times-Picayune, which is owned by Advance Publications Inc., to convert the 175-year-old New Orleans daily to a 24-hour digital news operation with a print edition only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The News-Star newspaper in Monroe has sued the Louisiana Department of Education over a denied Freedom of Information request.

The News-Star reports that it took the legal action after the Education Department first ignored and then denied the request, claiming the governor's exemption of deliberative process.

The complaint was filed Friday. It gives only one side of the legal argument.

WTUL 90.5 FM, Tulane University's student-run radio station, will be going off the air from midnight tonight to 8:00 a.m. Thursday.

The closure is in response to the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac, the station said today on its Twitter feed.

Jaws, Teeth And Fins! Oh My! 'Shark Week' At 25

Aug 16, 2012

The Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" is one of the longest running events on cable television. After 25 years on the air, the weeklong series of programming dedicated solely to sharks has become an American icon. Comedian Stephen Colbert has called it his second favorite time of year.

Legend has it that it all began as an idea scribbled down on a napkin during a brainstorming meeting.

BBC Exec to become head of NY Times

Aug 15, 2012

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the top man at The Times.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: The New York Times has named its new president and CEO. The man who got the job is Mark Thompson, a former BBC executive. Thompson will face a different business model from the non-profit British broadcaster. The paper is run by a board that's largely elected by a family trust.

At the end of August, the eyes of the political world turn to Tampa, Fla., for the Republican National Convention. It promises to dominate the national and local news in Tampa Bay that week and suck all the political air out of the room.

So if you're the Obama campaign, what do you do? How do you counterprogram Romney-palooza?

Apparently, by buying lots of TV airtime on The Bachelor, Dr. Oz and Rachael Ray.

Erin Krall / WWNO

As the Times-Picayune cutbacks are looming, other media organizations are examining what comes next for news in New Orleans. Several ideas are in play.

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Radio Network is merging with the Louisiana Radio Network's agrinews division.

The Advocate reports that the Louisiana Farm Bureau Agrinews Radio Network will have a combined 42 affiliates in Louisiana and Mississippi.

LRN launched the Louisiana Agrinews Network in 1976, offering several daily agriculture reports for the state's farmers and produced in cooperation with the Farm Bureau. In 1998 the Farm Bureau began the Louisiana Farm Bureau Radio Network with 22 affiliates statewide.

Janet Wilson / WWNO

The University of New Orleans announced a plan to create a new nonprofit, multimedia newsroom today, in partnership with WWNO. The newsroom, to be featured online at NewOrleansReporter.org, is intended to produce in-depth local reporting on issues of vital interest to the New Orleans community.

NewOrleansReporter.org will generate online, mobile and radio content, said University officials, and is intended to create a sustainable model for nonprofit journalism in greater New Orleans for decades to come.

The Advocate (http://bit.ly/PSpdoe) newspaper says it will expand into the New Orleans market with a specialized print edition.

Richard Manship, president and CEO of Capital City Press, says The Advocate is laying the groundwork to reach into the market following the announcement by The Times-Picayune that the newspaper will reduce publication to three days a week this fall while beefing up its online report.

Manship said The Advocate will add staff to supply this coverage of the area, but did not provide specific numbers.

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