In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and NOLA.com did a wonderful job in updating the outside world about the conditions in their city, and have further kept going in bringing the city back together in the wake of the hurricane. Unfortunately, this is a “what have you done for me lately?” world, and Katrina was 7 years ago. With falling circulation rates, a falling New Orleans population, and rising costs, New Orleans will become the first major American city without a daily newspaper. The New Orleans Times-Picayune will be cutting down to 3 print editions a week, according to the Times-Picayune’s parent company Advance Publications.
“For us, this isn’t about print versus digital, this is about creating a very successful multi-platform media company that addresses the ever-changing needs of our readers, our online users and our advertisers,” said Advance Publications’ president of local digital strategy, Randy Siegel. ”This change is not easy, but it’s essential for us to remain relevant.”
It’s not just New Orleans that is going to suffer. Advance Publications owns several newspapers throughout that area of the South, and four of them are getting the axe. New Orleans is joined by The Birmingham News, the Mobile Press-Register, and The Huntsville Times; all newspapers are in Alabama, and all are dropping to 3 printed papers a week as well. The Mobile Press-Register dates back to 1813, and now it’s becoming an afterthought.
It was fun while it lasted, print media.
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