‘Times-Picayune’ Returns to Print Today

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By: E&P Staff

After three days of remarkable Web-only editons, The Times-Picayune returned to print this morning with an 18-page edition full of amazing photos and full-length news stories. Its staff was evacuated to nearby Houma and Baton Rouge earlier in the week, and have maintained a very active and vital Web site.

The Page One banner reads, “HELP US, PLEASE.”

The paper carried this report.

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The Times-Picayune resumed printing a newspaper today with this edition printed in Houma. Since Hurricane Katrina struck Monday, the paper has published three electronic-only editions on its affiliated Web site, Nola.com.

?We appreciate the dedication of employees, and the patience of advertisers and subscribers,? said Ashton Phelps Jr., the newspaper?s publisher.

Company executives said they planned to print roughly 50,000 copies Thursday night, using the press of The Houma Courier, for distribution today in parts of the New Orleans metro area that are now inhabited and accessible, including western St. Tammany Parish, and the east and west River Parishes.

Copies also are being distributed to Baton Rouge, Hammond, Houma and Thibodaux, they said.

The newspaper will continue publishing an expanded electronic edition on www.nola.com. The Times-Picayune reporters also will deliver breaking news to the Web site through the newspaper?s ?Breaking News? weblog.

Nola.com will maintain a missing persons forum, launched Wednesday morning, that had more than 7,400 postings by late Thursday. The site also has started forums for people who want to volunteer in the rescue and rebuilding efforts and to offer homes to displaced New Orleans residents.

Newspaper employees, forced to evacuate the paper?s main facility in downtown New Orleans on Tuesday, have been working on the streets of the city, at the Houma Courier, in temporary offices at Louisiana State University?s Manship School for Mass Communications and The Baton Rouge Technology Center, as well as in other sites across the devastated region.

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