Thursday, February 14, 2013

News Banner and Slidell Sentry News to close

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 4:47 PM

The Slidell Sentry News will publish its last edition Feb. 27.
  • The Slidell Sentry News will publish its last edition Feb. 27.
Two Northshore newspapers will be closing by month's end. The News Banner, which serves western St. Tammany Parish, and the Slidell Sentry News in eastern St. Tammany Parish will both be closing Feb. 27, it was announced today in the papers' shared newsroom. The papers' website will also be closed, according to the newspapers' owner:

John Mathew, president and CEO of Wick Communications, said the newspaper has long been in direct competition with many publications, and because St. Tammany Parish is so connected to metropolitan New Orleans and so many of its residents have moved to the Northshore in recent years, the newspaper has had a tough time finding the sense of community that a community newspaper needs to be successful.

Twenty-four positions will be lost as a result of the newspaper’s closing, though several employees will be offered positions at other locations within the company. Employees will receive severance and assistance in resuming their careers elsewhere, Mathew said.

Both The News Banner and the Slidell Sentry News began publishing in the 1970s as suburban growth created a new demand for newspapers in St. Tammany Parish. Wick Communications owns several other community papers, including L’Observateur in LaPlace and The Daily News in Bogalusa.

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