Just under a year ago
the company that owns the Times-Picayune (Advance Publications
, a Newhouse family operation) newspaper of New Orleans, stunned the city and journalists nationwide with the announcement that it would be cutting its print edition to three days a week
, while focusing more intensely on its online operations. But now more print (and digital, for that matter) options are available in the Crescent City than last June.
Recently, in the face of increased competition from a post-TP-cutbacks, localized version of the Baton Rouge-based Advocate, the Times-Pic announced that it would unveiling a new tabloid print edition
, called TP Street, on other days and releasing early Sunday editions on Saturday and .... something something. This followed the Advocate's being bought out by billionaire businessman and perennial self-funded higher office (governor, mayor) candidate John Georges
of New Orleans, and the Advocate's hiring of former stop staff
at the New Orleans standby. (The Advocate notes in an article on the hiring that the staff are "Pulitzer-winning
It should be noted in all of this that the Times-Pic's website, NOLA.com, has continued to be the source of constant reader complaints for design and placement of stories. Meanwhile, online
operations have expanded
in the city over the past few years, at least somewhat, via other sources. And the Advocate
has yet to develop a strong online or social media presence, locally, although it presumably just getting cranked up.
Weighing in on the developments: The New York Times
and The Columbia Journalism Review