NOLA Update: Media Rivals Gearing Up

By: Michael Depp |

New Orleanians have a messy, protracted relationship with their grief. As the turbulent transition of its daily paper to digital continues to unfold, this is an important fact to retain.

When the Advance-owned Times-Picayune announced in June that it would scale back its print production to three days a week, lay off 200 staffers and ramp up its digital delivery of, the city collectively plunged back into the Kübler-Ross stages of grief from which it had never fully emerged following Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill. (In one of this tale’s bitter ironies, it was actually The New York Times’ David Carr — and not The Times-Picayune itself — that broke the cutbacks story.)

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