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What will Oregonian reductions mean for competing news orgs, readers?

The Columbian | Editor & Publisher | Gambit | The Advocate | Willamette Week | The Portland Mercury
The just-announced reductions in home delivery and staff at Advance's The Oregonian aren't good news to journalists who'll find out Friday whether they still have jobs or to people who like getting the newspaper at home. But what do they mean for other news organizations and to people who consume news?

The Columbian is published just across the Columbia River from Portland in Vancouver, Wash. Its publisher, Scott Campbell, tells Columbian reporter Cami Joner the paper has no plans to cut delivery frequency.

“If there are subscribers over here that subscribe to The Oregonian only and they’re interested in a seven-day publication, they may want The Columbian,” Columbian circulation and production director Marc Dailey tells Joner. “The caveat is that someone subscribing to The Oregonian may want more Oregon and Portland news.”

Experiences in other markets dominated by Advance papers may prove instructive. (more...)
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Advocate publisher says paper is adding 500 subscribers a week

The Advocate | NPR | New York Times
John Georges, publisher of The Advocate in Louisiana, told the New Orleans City Council on Thursday the paper is adding 500 new subscribers each week as it expands from Baton Rouge into New Orleans.

“The Advocate feels very loved right now,” Georges told the council, according to his own paper. Georges said it was proof the city wants a seven-day newspaper delivered to homes after the city's Times-Picayune became a three-day-a-week paper to focus on NOLA.com.

The expansion of the Advocate into a daily New Orleans edition has been fraught with drama. The Advocate has recently poached a raft of talent from the Times-Picayune, which has planned a new "street" tabloid for previous non-print days. Georges has been quite vocal about wanting to take over the Big Easy, telling WWL-TV anchor Melanie Hebert he had wanted to buy the Times-Picayune outright, but Advance insisted it wasn't for sale. (more...)
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Advocate strikes deal to print New Orleans obits

The Advocate | U-T San Diego | CT News Junkie
The (Baton Rouge) Advocate "has reached deals with more than a dozen funeral homes to begin printing their obituaries" in its New Orleans edition, the paper reports.

"The lack of local obituaries has been a frequent criticism of subscribers," a report from the paper's New Orleans bureau says.

The obituaries news is another challenge to The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune by The Advocate, which moved aggressively into the New Orleans market after the Times-Picayune reduced print frequency last year. New Orleans businessman John Georges purchased the Advocate this year, and the paper has hired some prominent Times-Picayune veterans.

The Advocate has also announced an advisory panel for its New Orleans edition that includes Anne Milling, who was among a group of prominent New Orleanians who petitioned Advance Publications to sell the Picayune rather than reduce its print frequency. (more...)
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Readership, alliances up at other New Orleans news outlets in last year

Friday morning The Lens ran a photo essay looking at print habits of New Orleanians in the year since The Times-Picayune announced it was reducing staff and print frequency. I decided to check in on some of the city's other news outlets (not The Advocate; we write about that paper plenty) to see whether the changes at the city's biggest newspaper had affected their fortunes.

Lens Managing Editor Steve Myers says traffic and audience at the news nonprofit have tripled since last May. "We saw a bump last summer where I think people started to look around," he said by phone. "Starting last fall they really started to go way up when we started to be a little more disciplined about keeping the site fresh."

Lens stories appear in both The Advocate, which has made an aggressive play for New Orleanians who miss getting a paper seven days per week -- as has the Times-Picayune -- and on the Times-Picayune's website. The Lens has a strong partnership with local Fox affiliate WVUE, he said, from which The Lens rents newsroom space, and local public radio station WWNO. (more...)
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On 1-year anniversary of Times-Picayune announcement, photographer looks at print readership

The Lens | Media of Birmingham
One year ago today, spurred by a New York Times story, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune announced it would reduce staff and print frequency. Photographer Bevil Knapp took a look last June at how New Orleanians consumed the print paper; on Friday The Lens published another essay showing the subjects a year later.
Wilbert "Mr. Chill" Wilson cuts Gail Brooks' hair in 2012. (Photo by Bevil Knapp)
Wilson with fellow barber Carson Gauthreaux Jr. a year later (Photo by Bevil Knapp)
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Advocate owner says he ‘tried to buy’ Times-Picayune

The Advocate | WWL | Dump the Picayune | The Times-Picayune
The Baton Rouge, La.-based Advocate announced Wednesday it was hiring four reporters from the Times-Picayune, a paper with which it is engaged in a growing newspaper war. In a May 2 interview, WWL-TV anchor Melanie Hebert passed on a viewer question to John Georges, The Advocate's new owner: Would he be interested in buying the Times-Picayune "You can't buy something that there's not a willing seller," Georges replied.
I tried to buy them. I sent word to them before the Advocate or during the Advocate and they weren't interested in selling.
Advance, which owns the Times-Picayune, has repeatedly said the paper is not for sale. (more...)
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Former Times-Picayune editors will lead Baton Rouge Advocate, which has a new owner

The Advocate | The Times-Picayune Former New Orleans Times-Picayune managing editors Dan Shea and Peter Kovacs will serve as General Manager and Editor, respectively, of the Baton Rouge Advocate, which announced it had been purchased by New Orleans businessman John Georges Tuesday night. Current Advocate Executive Editor Carl Redman will remain as senior editor, The Advocate's announcement says. The news would seem to signal a newspaper war in Louisiana. Shea and Kovacs were ousted by the Times-Picayune last year as it prepared to reduce print frequency and staff. "This was too good a prospect to pass up: we're preserving local ownership of great newspaper, showing how the trend to digital is not incompatible with seven-day print, and bringing our enthusiasm and experience to a great staff," Shea wrote in an email to Poynter Tuesday night. (more...)
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CJR: Times-Picayune changes resemble ‘an orderly liquidation’

CJR | WWLTV | St. Tammany News
"In a town rich in history and its own peculiarities, NOLA.com seems like an out-of-town visitor," Ryan Chittum writes in a extended look at the New Orleans Times-Picayune's new reality as an online-focused newsroom.

Rather than the reinvention the news organization's managers and owners see, Advance's reduction of print frequency and staff at the newspaper "looks like an orderly liquidation," Chittum writes. He says that "Web-production quotas" have been discussed and that the newspaper's quality has declined: (more...)
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Times-Picayune publisher: ‘This is chapter two’

The Times-Picayune’s digital-first strategy is working, the publisher said at a conference Tuesday.

His comments come after the paper switched in October from seven days of print editions to three days a week. The move was publicly criticized by … Read more

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Baltimore Sun printing in New Orleans for Super Bowl weekend

The Baltimore Sun is publishing a special edition to be distributed to New Orleans-area hotels this weekend. Sun spokesperson Renee Mutchnik told Poynter the edition will comprise the front and sports pages of the daily (Sunday's will include a special game day section). The paper is printing 3,000 copies of the paper Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Houma, La.

Plus: "When we win, not if, we will also have some on Monday," Mutchnik said. That edition will have 1,000 extra copies; Mutchnik said the Tribune-owned paper will be available to hotel guests even if they are not Ravens fans. (more...)
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