Saturday, June 20, 2015

Time to blow up the Times-Picayune

Newhouse continues its war on the Times-Picayine as the New Orleans-based Gambit Weekly reports the newspaper and its website, Nola.com, will merge with Al.com to form a regional media group:


Two days after executives at NOLA Media Group, publisher of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, announced the company would be merging with the Alabama Media Group to form a new "Southeast Regional Media Group," managers at the media company's offices in One Canal Place met with reporters to announce the newsroom would shrink — again.

"They're being pretty upfront about the fact there will be layoffs," said one newsroom staffer. Another joked grimly that it may be "2012 redux" — referring to the firings of some 200 Times-Picayune employees in 2012, a move which riled the city for months and made national news, complete with a report on 60 Minutes.

Director of State and Metro Content Mark Lorando spent part of today and yesterday meeting with small groups within the paper, several people told Gambit. Lorando described layoffs as "deep" to one employee.

The restructuring is scheduled to take place in the latter half of 2015 and be complete by early 2016, said sources with knowledge of the plan.

Unlike the last major round of cuts, the sources said, sports, arts and feature reporters also are at risk in this round of cuts; in 2012, many of the firings came on the news side. What's unclear is whether duplicate positions in New Orleans and Alabama, like copy editors, would be combined in the new Southeast Regional Media Group. Also unclear when it comes to firings: how much weight will be placed on each writer's "clicks" — the number of times online readers click on a story — which are closely tracked within NOLA Media Group.

Writers in the newsroom say they fear a further diminution of the newsgathering organization's traditional beat structure, which resulted in many reporters covering the same topics for years. After the 2012 move, many news beats were de-emphasized, with writers moved around to "plug holes" as necessary — with the exception of a few of the company's marquee names, like Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental reporter Mark Schleifstein. In a smaller newsroom, sources say, the approach would be less beat reporting than "flooding the zone" — moving a significant number of reporters to cover an important (or click-driving) issue, posting a blitz of many stories on a single topic quickly. (KF note: Remember when CL had every reporter covering the tornado damage in North Mississippi or five reporters covering the nursing home scandal last year.).

(The term "flood the zone," as used journalistically , is sometimes ascribed to former New York Times Executive Editor Howell Raines — father of Jeff Raines of the funk band Galactic — but Raines told the Boston Phoenix in 2003 that it actually was coined by the NYT's Deputy Managing Editor John Geddes.) Rest of article.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

JJ or a subscription consortium/coop of JJ's is the future.

You've proven a worth more than that.

You've gone further in Mississippi than any online journalist. Ever.

Anonymous said...

The Advocate in Red Stick is killing them! Need to report on more than the garden district social calendar.

Anonymous said...

I am surprised at how well The Advocate is doing.

Anonymous said...

Sad to see newspapers failing but not surprising. Their liberal agenda alienates their largest market, educated republicans. Piss off 70% of the potential readership and you get what you deserve.

Anonymous said...

I believe 8:34 has a valid point. I read the front section of the Clarion Ledger, toss the USA today, and read whatever else they give me with the comics and puzzles. Seriously will not read USA today and its warped view. Thanks JJ for keeping us up to date with real news.

Getchur Own Damned Blog said...

Master blowhard, suckup pandering at 6:24. Mr. Jambalaya has, more than a few times, shown himself to be incapable of sharing the credit, taking a back seat or allowing others to excel. While often scooping the normal news persons, Mr. Jam is deeply mired in the repetitive criticism of all others, whether posters here or other blog runners or 'publishers'. Growing, as is suggested above, would require employing others and letting them do their jobs without the extreme control and manipulation Mr. Jam would exercise. Could not be done without a long period of counseling.

Anonymous said...

June 21, 2015 at 6:46 AM = Extremely Loyal JJ Reader!

Anonymous said...

I laugh every time someone talks about the "liberal agenda" of the Clarion Ledger or other major news outlets. It would appear that many think if the paper doesn't say what the want to hear, or what the believe to be correct, it is obviously a "liberal agenda." I bet they really loved the Clarion Ledger when it was owned by the Headerman's and was to the reich of the citizens council. Faux News has made a fortune catering to this demographic, telling them what they want to hear, and saying they are fair and balanced.

Keep On Truckin' said...

Female, under 34, wearing sandals and no makeup @ 9:14. I forgot to mention vegetarian plotting the next protest at restaurant selling beef. Or could be male over 45 with same characteristics and M.O.

Anonymous said...

9:14 - Learn to spell the name of the prior owner and understand that the CL is not a 'major news outlet'. What are you smoking over there at Saltines?

Anonymous said...

As someone who literally learned to read by reading newspapers (like the Times-Picayune and the Jackson Daily News) as a child, I now find myself obtaining most of my "news" via blogs such as JJ and through the social media pages I've "liked" that are part of my Facebook news feed. I do subscribe to a couple of weekly newspapers that give me "local news" as well as social/features coverage, which is what a local weekly newspaper is good at doing.

I gave up on the Gannett products a long time ago. The newspaper chute that was built into our brick mailbox is now home to a dirt dauber nest.

Anonymous said...

The Fourth Estate no longer exists.
Journalism is no longer a profession, it's entertainment or a business or propaganda and finding anything remotely objective and fact based is a challenge.
Our citizenry has little interest in being informed but rather in having their preconceived notions reinforced.
And, frequent comments here indicate that perhaps that our attention spans are now that of gold fish may be value research.
Since a democratic republic depends on an informed citizenry, this doesn't bode well for our future.



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