May 24, 2013

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)

Some people are still enjoying a print paper, but it’s not the Times-Picayune. A group of friends at Fair Grinds Coffeehouse trades sections of The New York Times and The (Baton Rouge) Advocate, which has moved aggressively into New Orleans. “The group deems The Advocate’s New Orleans coverage not up to snuff,” Eve Troeh and Knapp write, but one person says “”she hopes that will change ‘as they get to know our needs.'”

New Orleans Radio for the Blind production engineer Tim Vogel tells Knapp and Troeh he “copies text from in the early morning and sends it to tablets to be read on the air. ‘We’re actually more up to speed than the newspaper this way.'”

Meanwhile, in Alabama, whose fellow Advance-owned papers announced similar changes last year, Wade Kwon has compiled an “insanely obsessive guide” to the last year in local media.

Correction: This post originally screwed up Fair Grinds’ name.

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