"We definitely need more than 1,000," he told Gambit this morning. "I'd like to get 20,000. But we're looking at 5,000 to 10,000, and I think that’s easily obtainable based on the response we got yesterday."
The Advocate's push into the New Orleans market, of course, is in response to The Times-Picayune's scaling back to thrice-weekly publication as of Oct. 1, concentrating its news gathering online at NOLA.com under the name NOLA Media Group.
"We still believe in the printed newspaper every day," Manship said. "We don’t doubt the importance of digital — we have a website and an app; we even have an e-edition, so we feel like we are there. We just felt like the people of New Orleans were very strong toward their reading of the Picayune seven days a week. So we thought we’d step in and fill the void."
Under the cut: Manship discusses distribution, advertisers, and office space for The Advocate's new New Orleans bureau ...
Good Afternoon, as the Publisher of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, my family has been providing a daily newspaper to the citizens of Louisiana since the early 1900s. In fact, like the newspaper in New Orleans, The Advocate’s origins date back 170 years to 1842. And like New Orleanians, the citizens of Baton Rouge demand quality journalism and are accustomed to receiving it in the form of a daily newspaper. We are proud to meet that demand.
We recognize that the way people get their news is changing. And we will keep up with these changes by delivering news in all the different formats our subscribers use, including print. As trends evolve, The Advocate will continue to deliver a daily, printed newspaper to our subscribers.
Changes in the way The Times-Picayune gathers and reports news have revealed that there is a demand for a daily newspaper in New Orleans that will not be met by any New Orleans publications, beginning October 1, 2012. This would end a 175-year tradition of delivering a daily newspaper to New Orleanians and make New Orleans the largest city in the U.S. without a daily printed paper. At The Advocate, we think New Orleans and its citizens deserve a quality newspaper printed each and every day, and we intend to provide one.
Good news, New Orleans!
The Advocate New Orleans Edition will be available October 1st. Call 504-529-0522 for a special introductory rate!
More under the jump, including the announcement of a New Orleans bureau chief for The Advocate ...
The Hayride is a pugnacious, fiercely conservative website covering Louisiana and national politics. Each day, publisher Scott McKay sends out "The Nooner," an email with summaries and links to stories both on the Hayride and in the national media.
But a cartoon on today's Hayride by writer/cartoonist Tom Bonnette has stirred some controversy. We're not going to reprint the cartoon here (it's a play on Rep. Todd Akin's now-infamous reference to "legitimate rape," and titled "Do We Really Want To Keep Talking About Akin?"), but here are some of the reactions:
I emailed McKay (who posts on the Hayride as "MacAoidh"), because I wasn't quite sure who the rapist was supposed to be (Uncle Sam? Bill Clinton?). His response under the jump.
AMITE — State Supt. of Education John White addressed the Tangipahoa Parish School Board Tuesday, giving the same insipid speech he gave about a month ago in Amite.
For almost an hour, the board heard a stream of fast talk and hot air, similar to his boss, about the next layer of bureaucracy that is settling over the state's education system that will supposedly lift Louisiana students out of the muck and mire of ignorance.
Board member Al Link picked up on the cadence, saying, "My life is getting more difficult because young people talk too fast."
White arrived late, like he did for the previous speech, dressed like he was attending a corn husking party in an open shirt with the sleeves rolled up and wrinkled, too-tight pants about half way unzipped. ...
Now that plan is taking further shape, with six New Orleans-based jobs listed on the paper's website: New Orleans bureau chief, staff writer/reporter, sportswriter, copy editor, photographer and sales rep. The local bureau will be a virtual one, at least at first, "with reporters and the bureau chief working from their homes and at WiFi hot spots in the community."
The move, of course, is meant to compete with The Times-Picayune's moving to thrice-weekly publication in October, and is scheduled to occur around the same time. Unlike the T-P, The Advocate will continue to publish seven days a week.
The Advocate was first published in 1842, making it only five years younger than The Times-Picayune. It is owned by Baton Rouge's Manship family, which also owns WBRZ-TV, the city's ABC television affiliate.
Subscription details are still being worked out; entering a New Orleans ZIP code on the paper's subscription page still returns the message "We are sorry but we do not deliver to your area."
On the Senate side, 12 lawmakers scored a perfect 100 percent, earning the title “Outstanding Family Advocate.” Five were from the New Orleans metro area: Sens. Conrad Appel, R-Metairie; A.G. Crowe, R-Slidell; Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville; Danny Martiny, R-Metairie; and David Heitmeier, D-New Orleans.
Two local state senators — Ed Murray, D-New Orleans, and Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, scored low enough to earn the designation “Hostile.”
It was much the same in the House, where the local 100-percenters included Reps. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie; Paul Hollis, R-Covington; Kevin Pearson, R-Slidell; John Schroder, R-Covington; Tim Burns, R-Mandeville; Greg Cromer, R-Slidell; and Raymond Garofalo, R-Chalmette. The only metro state representative to earn a “Hostile” rating from the LFF was Rep. Jared Brossett, D-New Orleans.
Meanwhile, Fox News personality and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee launched a “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” set for Aug. 1, which was supported by self-styled family-values types including Fox News personality and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, former Pennsylvania Gov. Rick Santorum — and the newly formed East Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce.
A civic business council taking a stance on a divisive social issue? It makes sense when you find out that the chamber’s chairman is Woody Jenkins, publisher/editor of several small newspapers in central Louisiana and a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for nearly three decades, where his voting record was lauded by both the Christian Coalition and Focus on the Family.
But now a fourth name has surfaced: that of State Rep. Helena Moreno.
Sources tell Gambit that Moreno has been seriously considering jumping into the race for District B, which encompasses the CBD, Warehouse District and Garden District as well as parts of Central City, Mid-City and Uptown.
Reached by phone this afternoon, Moreno was noncommittal but didn’t deny the reports, telling Gambit, “I’ve had a lot of supporters and many elected officials urge and encourage me to run for this seat.”
Friday, June 1 update: The State Senate adopted the House amendments for Senate Bill 764 (The Tesa Middlebrook Anti-Bullying Act) with a 37-0 vote.
While the Louisiana legislature has turned away most of the anti-bullying bills proposed in the last several years, one is now in the Senate awaiting final approval. It already has the support of Gov. Bobby Jindal. Senate Bill 764, authored by state Sen. Rick Ward, D-Port Allen, is named the Tesa Middlebrook Anti-bullying Act, named after the 17-year-old Pointe Coupee Parish student who hanged herself from her school’s bleachers earlier this year. Yesterday afternoon, within minutes of its introduction, the final version of the bill passed 97-0 in the state House. (Read the Gambit cover story, "Bullied To Death," here.)
Despite a big push from Rep. Austin Badon and state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson in 2011, bullying bills failed against conservative legislators and the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF). This year, despite overwhelming support from educators and national groups on mental illness and equal rights protection, similar bills in the state House and Senate failed.
Last month, state Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, pulled her bill from committee when it was amended to remove the language for which she specifically wrote the bill — it spelled out bullying as harassment for a student’s race, religion, illness or disability, and sexual identity or orientation. The Senate Education Committee refused to back an identical bill by Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, D-Baton Rouge. The bills faced strong opposition from the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF). An LFF-friendly bully bill by state Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, exempted philosophical, political or religious beliefs from being considered bullying, but that bill was also pulled.
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