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Monday, January 7, 2013

Y@ Speak: It's Carnival time

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM


Last night was the Epiphany, meaning Carnival is officially here — and as you start your morning over your daily breakfast of cafe au lait and beignets, it might be tempting to contemplate your fleeting New Year's resolutions as they give way to the endless parade of office kitchen king cakes, daydrinking and other Carnival vices. But instead distract yourself with tweets about New Year's, the 60 Minutes special on the Times-Picayune, Downton Abbey and more. You always have Lent to repent.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

VIDEO: 60 Minutes on cutbacks at The Times-Picayune

Posted By on Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

If The Times-Picayune was anticipating a negative piece about the paper's cutbacks on tonight's 60 Minutesand it seemed like it was — it really had nothing to fear. Morley Safer's report — most of which was taped months ago — was a breezy, evenhanded look at the "digital transition" at the new NOLA Media Group.

It focused on New Orleans tradition both real and manufactured (beignets! Camellia Grill! conventioneer second-lines on Royal Street!) and made only general reference to the woes of the newspaper industry as a whole (no hard facts or figures), as well as glossing over last summer's protests against the paper's cutback. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, The New York Times' David Carr and T-P editor Jim Amoss were featured prominently, along with former T-P advisory board member Anne Milling (Milling stepped down quietly months ago), former columnist Lolis Eric Elie and Archbishop Gregory Aymond.

Safer made mention of the digital divide separating New Orleans' poor and disenfranchised communities, but they had no voice in the story. Also missing: the voices of the leaders of the protest against the paper's cutback, as well as former employees and groups like DashThirtyDash, the Times-Picayune Employee Assistance Fund.

What did you think of 60 Minutes' report?


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Thursday, January 3, 2013

60 Minutes to air story about The Times-Picayune this Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

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Last summer, during the protests over The Times-Picayune becoming a thrice-weekly newspaper, 60 Minutes man Morley Safer visited New Orleans to do a report on the paper. Jim Romenesko confirms this morning that the segment will air this Sunday, though so far there's nothing up on the CBS News site about it.

60 Minutes airs in the New Orleans market on WWL-TV on Sunday nights at 6 p.m.

Read Gambit's coverage of The Times-Picayune here.

EDITED TO ADD: CBS News has now posted a preview of the segment:

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Friday, December 21, 2012

UPDATE: Life at The Times-Picayune

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM

As the year wraps up, we will be updating several stories from 2012. In Parts I and II: Alex Woodward reported on the arson fire at the offices of Women With a Vision, as well as developments on Freret Street.

In Part III:

Throughout the year, Kevin Allman reported on the changes at The Times-Picayune and its online arm, NOLA.com, as the two became a new company, NOLA Media Group, under the watch of new publisher Ricky Mathews.

The Dec. 17 resignation of Lynn Cunningham, The Times-Picayune’s online editor — a veteran of the paper since 1977 and the right hand of editor Jim Amoss — was the cap on the paper’s most dramatic year in recent history as it launched into what was euphemistically known as “the digital transition.”

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Roundtabling and logrolling

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Corporate Realty newsletter, Sept. 6, "NOLA Media Group Leases Top Floors of One Canal Place":

Mike Siegel represented NOLA Media Group in its office space search and lease negotiations in One Canal Place, which is managed by Corporate Realty. “This is a significant lease that will establish a major presence for one of the leading businesses in our region in the Central Business District,” Siegel said. “It continues the momentum of leasing activity with another major company making a commitment to New Orleans, and especially to the CBD of New Orleans, on the heels of the recent GE and Ochsner announcements,” Siegel said.

NOLA.com, Oct. 3, "NOLA Media Group signs long-term lease in downtown Baton Rouge":

Michael J. Siegel, president and director of leasing with Corporate Realty, said NOLA Media Group's commitment to Baton Rouge includes a long-term lease. The space will be gutted, then designed and constructed to best fit Nola Media Group's operational, aesthetic and technical needs. Siegel added that the build-out will be an asset to the building and to downtown. "This move, which has been in the works for the past six months, is a clear commitment by NOLA Media Group that they intend to invest in the communities they serve," Siegel said. "One American Place is a great location for them to implement and expand their Baton Rouge initiatives."

NOLA.com, Dec. 9: "Meet The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com community Roundtable":

Publisher Ricky Mathews last week convened The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com Roundtable for its inaugural meeting. Fourteen leaders in business, health care, education, the arts and other arenas came together for a two-hour conversation about the issues they believe are most important for our region. There are 19 leaders in all who have agreed to be a part of the Roundtable, which will meet every other month.

We believe these sessions will be invaluable to our work. We expect to gain insights we otherwise might not have. We expect to be prodded and, sometimes, chided. We expect input from Roundtable members to point us to compelling stories and inspire us to write editorials. And we expect our readers to benefit from the collective wisdom of this group. ...

Meet the members of the Roundtable ...

Mike Siegel, president of Corporate Realty in New Orleans. He chairs the board of Metairie Park Country Day School and is a board member of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Michael "Brownie" Brown: "Hurricane Sandy should teach all of us to chill"

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Canada's Globe & Mail newspaper decided to ask Michael "Brownie" Brown's opinion on Hurricane Sandy, and the paper got it:

Federal agencies such as FEMA have a role. FEMA’s is to be that “honest broker” between the states and various localities.

Brownie does not know what "honest broker" means.

But at the end of the day, it is still each of us, as individuals, who are responsible for our own safety and well-being.

But not, apparently, our own Baton Rouge restaurant reservations.

On national television Tuesday, I told New Yorkers they needed to “chill.”

And you didn't get kicked in the nuts by a cameraman? New York, you disappoint me.

Below the fold: Canadians thank the Globe & Mail for providing Brownie insights.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Y@ Speak: Bye, Times-Picayune

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:23 AM


This weekend we said goodbye to the the daily Times-Picayune and our favorite reporters who worked there. That loss dovetailed with another loss, that by the Saints, so what a dumb weekend. Also this week: Louisiana people on The Voice, the Fiona Apple show, replacement refs, and people have opinions about Treme.

(Also, sorry for the delay. Your tweet forager was a bit under the weather yesterday.)

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The state of customer care at The Times-Picayune

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

"Easy Pay" (credit card and checking account autodebit) subscribers to The Times-Picayune got a letter today from director of circulation Philip H. Ehrhardt, explaining the paper's new price point when it goes to thrice-weekly publication starting Oct. 1. It's going from $18.95 per week to $16.95 for what's being called an "enhanced" paper. (The website Dump the Picayune has scanned a copy of the letter.)

Ehrhardt tells subscribers with questions to visit the NOLA Media Group's customer care page at www.nola.com/customercare ... which is where you'll find this:

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On the T-P's subscription page, you can still subscribe to the 7-day edition, which is going away in two weeks, but there's still no 3-day option:

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In other newspapering news, The Advocate — which begins distributing its new New Orleans edition Monday — is having a kickoff party Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Rock 'n' Bowl. Its subscription page seems to be working.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

David Carr on The Times-Picayune changeover

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

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For this week’s cover story, “Paper Cuts,” I spoke to many people about The Times-Picayune’s upcoming transition to thrice-weekly publishing and a concentration on online news gathering.

One of the people to whom I spoke was David Carr, who writes about media, business and culture for The New York Times — and who originally broke the story about the New Orleans paper’s transition. Carr is a fun interview — he refers to newspapering as “putting the white paper out to get the green paper back” — and much of what he said didn’t make the final article. So here’s some extra Carr on the Picayune situation.

• On the prospect of The Times-Picayune going completely online and entirely paperless in a few years:

“You’re [New Orleans] not really ringed by a great retail gold mine that would make for a great Sunday product. I don’t think that Newhouse has committed to print. The whole industry is going to a paperless business. … I would not be surprised to see them eliminate the print product.”

• On NOLA.com becoming the primary mode of Advance's news distribution:

“If you look at their web product broadly — that turns out to be a significant error. When it comes to [newspaper/website] integration, which they’re putting on a forced march, they have a very long way to go, with a staff and a technology that is probably not on par with a lot of American newspapers in digital terms. They can talk all they want about the traffic on the New Orleans site. What does it mean if you can’t search what you have?”

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A benefit for Times-Picayune employees — and 60 Minutes is in town

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 3:03 PM

A detail of The Times-Picayune T-shirt quilt created by Judy Walker.
  • A detail of The Times-Picayune T-shirt quilt created by Judy Walker.
In less than three weeks, The Times-Picayune will have become a three-day-a-week newspaper, and dozens of the paper's employees will be out of a job. The group DashThirtyDash, an assistance fund for the paper's unemployed workers, will be having a benefit Sept. 29 at Howlin' Wolf to raise money — but the group has begun an online auction with prizes including set visits and meet-and-greets with Anderson Cooper, Soledad O'Brien, Ellen DeGeneres and David Gregory (who knew there were set visitors and meet-and-greets on Meet the Press?).

In homegrown goods, designers Yvonne LaFleur and Tracy Thomson have donated to the cause, and there are Muses shoes galore. Perhaps coolest of all, though, is Times-Picayune food editor Judy Walker's handmade quilt (pictured) made of T-shirts, many of which feature the paper's most famous front pages.

Tickets to the Sept. 29 benefit, "Black, White and Red All Over," are $30. The night will feature entertainment by David Torkanowsky, Charmaine Neville, The Pfister Sisters and John Rankin, among others, and food will be provided by several area restaurants. There will also be a silent auction that night, but bidding is already open on the online auction.

In other news, it seems that 60 Minutes is going ahead with a segment about the paper's move to digital. Correspondent Morley Safer is in town this week, and he's interviewed Mayor Mitch Landrieu and T-P editor Jim Amoss, along with several community leaders. (Landrieu even tweeted a picture.) The segment is scheduled to air Sept. 30 — the last day for the fired employees.

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