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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; So many of us in the journalism business have had to get used to new things. New age of versatility that has us do print, Internet, radio and TV. Twitter. The 24-hour news cycle. The whole business has changed, and ...

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Old 05-28-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Thumbs down There will be a major city in America without a daily paper this fall.

So many of us in the journalism business have had to get used to new things. New age of versatility that has us do print, Internet, radio and TV. Twitter. The 24-hour news cycle. The whole business has changed, and we all probably knew this day was coming. But it'll be an eerie day this fall: The storied New Orleans Times-Picayune, born in 1837, will stop publishing seven days a week. It'll publish three days a week -- Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The Saints are the biggest story in the city, all fall. But you won't read about them away from a computer until Wednesday every week in New Orleans. There'll be a Super Bowl in New Orleans in February. Will those folks not inclined to read online have to wait 'til Wednesday to read about the biggest game in America?

The paper will cut about 50 jobs from the 150-member staff and begin devoting most of its energy to the online product. This cannot be good for journalism, no matter which way the parent company, Advance Publications, spins it.

On Friday, one of the best NFL reporters in our business, the T-P's Jeff Duncan, was mulling his future. He'll find out soon if he still has a job, or if he'll have to re-interview for it, just like the rest of the 150 journalists on staff. He hopes the paper's love for sports gives him a path to stay.

He was reminiscing about covering the city in the days after Katrina, when he saw a dead body wrapped on a porch, interviewed petrified zookeepers at the New Orleans Zoo who were afraid of looters invading their place, bathed in a neighborhood swimming pool because there was no running water for days, reported on gang members taking care of an older woman who didn't have access to her medicine (they broke into a pharmacy to steal it for her) ... and felt more alive than he ever had as a reporter -- even though he'd never been a news reporter before.

"I'll never forget going down to the Convention Center with our old sports editor, David Meeks, bringing the papers to a group of people at the Convention Center,'' Duncan said. "They were overjoyed. They were crying. It was a connection to their old lives, because they didn't know what their lives held, with all the doomsday reports they were hearing. It was like we were giving out money.''

I'll never forget after the Saints lost to the Bears in the 2006 NFC title game, and the team returned home to find this blaring headline in the paper the next day: "BLESS YOU BOYS.'' There's a great connection between paper and city and paper and team. And it'll never be the same, sadly.



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Old 05-29-2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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Technology is changing the world and the way we view it. It's sad really. Out with the old and in with the new.
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This is very sad news and should be a sad day in America.
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The newspapers have no one to blame but themselves. Nearly every major city paper leans hard to the left and their reporting hasn't been objective in many years. Many of us that are conservative stopped reading and suscribing to newspapers years ago for this very reason. The only time I will waste money on one is when I need it to clean windows.
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While a little nostalgic, IMHO not sad. I am sure they will print a special edition on Monday or Tuesday or whatever day if something special happens, like TWO DAT!

Besides, this should please all of tree huggers in light of the reduced usage of paper.

Change is good! Let's embrace it!
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I can read an entire paper in the sauna......

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Old 05-29-2012, 01:52 PM   #9
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The newspapers have no one to blame but themselves. Nearly every major city paper leans hard to the left and their reporting hasn't been objective in many years. Many of us that are conservative stopped reading and suscribing to newspapers years ago for this very reason. The only time I will waste money on one is when I need it to clean windows.
Exactly. I'm celebrating this rag taking another hit. Another liberal-pushing fish wrapper getting exactly what it deserves. I hope there are more to come. In fact, I'm disappointed that they've survived at all.

LMAO!!! Good riddance. The world just took a step in right direction.
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I can read an entire paper in the sauna......

My phone overheats and turns off after 10 minutes.


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Not that the newspaper would ever be moist after ten minutes either in a steam filled sauna! ROFL....
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