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Erin Krall

New Orleans is set to become the largest metro area in America without a daily newspaper. The award-winning Times-Picayune is laying off half its news staff.

New Orleans news oganizations discuss The Times-Picayune's major reorganization.
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News of widespread layoffs at The Times-Picayune, the city’s only daily newspaper and a mainstay of morning routine for generations of New Orleanians, continued to reverberate through the city’s media establishment late Tuesday.

Erin Krall

Half of the news department at the Times-Picayune is being cut. Some employees are being offered a spot in the digital Nola.com operation.

New Orleans news oganizations discuss The Times-Picayune's major reorganization.
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Layoffs began at The Times-Picayune today, as the newspaper shifts from a seven-day-a-week printed product to an online news organization.

New Orleans news oganizations discuss The Times-Picayune's major reorganization.
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Times-Picayune employees will be in meetings today to learn if they’re losing their jobs. Leading advertisers are joining a campaign to fight the cutbacks.

Major advertisers and businesses in the New Orleans region, who together spend millions of dollars in advertising annually in The Times-Picayune, have joined “The Times-Picayune Citizens’ Group” in the call to keep the newspaper printing seven days a week.

Moses delivered the word on two stone tablets. The town crier eventually lost his voice. Paper in and of itself is an antiquated medium. Yet many were shocked to hear that the paper's ownership plans to cut the city's only daily to three editions a week and expand their online offerings.

The means by which the Times-Picayune is distributed should change as society does. New Orleans is intensely diverse, and we should be more concerned if prevailing news outlets represent information accordingly.

Erin Krall

Several hundred people rallied at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl parking lot in Mid City in support of the Times-Picayune. A community effort is taking shape to block plans of the Newhouse family publication to cut staff and print editions only three times a week.

Larry Lorenz, professor emeritus in the Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication, will examine the ever-changing face of media in New Orleans with "The Press of New Orleans: The Past. The Present. The Future?" on Friday, June 22 at 3:30 p.m.

The seminar will focus on the history of New Orleans' daily newspaper, The Times-Picayune, and discuss its future, in light of the recent announcement that the newspaper will print only three days a week as it shifts to an online media format.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he’s planning to talk with owners of the Times-Picayune for details about cutbacks.

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