Well maybe they didn’t bite, but nibble. But it’s a good thing when any news source takes it in the shorts. Hey they are just cutting newspaper to three days a week. And for time sensitive stuff, they just ignore? Methinks the old print press is this centuries buggy whip.
Managers at The Times-Picayune informed more than 200 members of the newspaper staff Tuesday that their last day at the company will be Sept. 30. The Times-Picayune, according to company executives, is shrinking its overall staff – including news, advertising, circulation and other departments – by 32 percent, or 201 employees.
Employees who were not laid off were offered new jobs beginning this fall with Nola Media Group or Advance Central Services Louisiana, two new companies that will oversee news coverage and production and distribution, respectively, for The Times-Picayune and its affiliated website nola.com.
The layoffs come as part of a plan to reduce publication of the daily newspaper to three days a week this fall. When the four publication days are cut, the news operation will shift its focus online to NOLA.com, and both the newspaper and website will be overseen by the newly created Nola Media Group. Ricky Mathews, who will replace Ashton Phelps as the paper’s publisher, will be its president. The decision was made in response to a digital shift in the newspaper industry that makes more digitally focused content-gathering necessary, according to an announcement posted to NOLA.com May 24.
Nola Media Group, which will include news, advertising sales and marketing, will employ 271 individuals, 189 of whom received employment offers on Tuesday. Another 82 positions will be filled before the company launches this fall, 52 of them in the news operation.
ACS, which includes the finance, accounting, production and information technology departments will employ 245 people. Offers were made to 211 people Tuesday for that company, with 34 people yet to be hired.
In The Times-Picayune newsroom, 84 employees — nearly half of the 175 people employed in the newsroom — were notified Tuesday that they will lose their jobs and were offered severance packages.
Yet another “summer of recovery” event. Don’t worry, the private sector is doing fine.
I hope the former employees will be OK. The newspaper business is moving on, to electronic publishing.