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Those of us laid off still have jobs to do until the 30th of Sept, but it’s going from bad to worse,” she tells Romenesko readers. “This newsroom is unhealthy, to say the least. I desperately want my job until October because I love it. But I also can’t just keep my mouth shut and pretend everything is okay, or that it doesn’t matter. So I sent this to editors/publishers/ top brass this morning. Because I’m pissed.

More salt in the wounds. In the newsroom this weekend we were perplexed as to why seemed to ignore the passing of Uncle Lionel.

Times-Picayune reporter: I can’t keep my mouth shut and pretend everything is okay | JIMROMENESKO.COM

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Poynter: Newhouse's Plan for New Orleans


Poynter’s Rick Edmonds has a solid analysis of Newhouse’s Times-Picayune strategy that’s well worth reading.

As I’ve said before, I acknowledge that the move makes a certain amount of (ruthless) sense given today’s digital landscape. There’s a petition urging Newhouse to retreat from its plan to cut the print paper to three days a week. I’m glad it’s out there and that it’s attracted more than 8,500 signatures, but I haven’t signed it. Why not? It’s not because I’m dismissive of the savage job cuts, which include people who were my friends and mentors when I was young and hopelessly green. It’s not because I’m blithe about how New Orleanians on the wrong side of the digital divide will have access to the news — that’s troubling for any of us who see news organizations as a vital part of our communities.

I haven’t signed it because I know the print business is doomed, vanishing at an actuarial rate, to be replaced by the outcome of digital experiments that still need to be run. And those digital experiments, even if they succeed, will in all likelihood still only support smaller new operations. I wish neither of these things were true, but wishing won’t make it so. Newhouse has treated good people horribly, but broadly speaking they aren’t wrong.

On the details, though, I think they’re very wrong. In fact, I think they’re tragically wrong — and Edmonds’ analysis only makes me more certain about this. Here are the two things I don’t understand:

1. Why is New Orleans the place to try this kind of radical reinvention? The Times-Picayune’s current profitability and the demographics of New Orleans would argue for a different approach, a glide path from print to digital. This is jumping out of a plane without a parachute and hoping you land on a stack of mattresses.

2. Newhouse’s websites are awful — New Orleans may be America’s most vibrant city, but it’s stuck with one of journalism’s most generic websites. As Edmonds notes, Newhouse’s plan hinges on strong growth for digital ad revenues, or some other stacking of digital dimes that don’t currently exist. Unless Newhouse has experienced some Come to Jesus digital moment and is readying an overhaul of into a site people would actually want to spend time on, I don’t see how any of this is going to work. And draconian cuts eliminating big chunks of the Picayune’s institutional memory sure won’t help.

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Everything seems to be up in the air at this point

I need something to change your mind.

We should all gather on Ricky Mathews doorstep in protest of the asinine decision to tear down the Times-Picayune and belt this sucker out with all the voices and musicians in New Orleans. It might just freak him right the fuck out.

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Here’s how four newspapers in the same chain as the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which is downsizing to three days per week, covered the same round of layoffs this morning. Anyone else think it’s telling that the Alabama papers all buried the story, while the Times-Picayune played it up as their centerpiece?

The lumping in of the Times-Picayune with anything in Alabama infuriates me to no end.