Mark, we've never met and I want to say what an admirer I am of your work on behalf of this community, for years and years while I was still just reading from the outlands of Houma and Hattiesburg. That also extends to your reasoning to stay at the TP; I believe I recall you writing on Twitter last year that the paper still seemed the best platform to continue your work, and that decision made great sense to me and I applaud you for it.
But, to equate "electronically by pdf" with "delivery" is as gruesome a propaganda tactic as your bosses' description of this product as a step forward. I think it's an insult to the readers who miss what everyone else thinks of as newspaper "delivery" and I strongly doubt you'd allow such a deceptive use of language by the sources you cover.
The creation of "TP Street" -- ie, a return to print schedule the company tried to abandon -- is a retreat, as the article so factually states. Would we be seeing this if not for The Advocate? Hard to imagine... just as it's hard to imagine that paper creating a New Orleans edition, luring tens of thousands of subscribers and recruiting so many of your talented colleagues prior to the "digital transition." The only thing TP Street is "fighting back" against is a cascading series of bad business decisions in the ongoing Newhouse experiment with the TP.
Megan -- love the discussion of neighborhood names, something I deal with on a regular basis. The even-newer "new" residents of the so-called Black Pearl don't like that name either, and prefer "Uptown Triangle" -- which is so neutral that it could pretty much be anywhere Uptown.
Also, I'm told that Pigeontown is also seen as derogatory? The Pigeontown Steppers make proud use of it, but the neighborhood association there is called "Pensiontown." In our articles, I usually go with the more neutral "west Carrollton."
See you in two weeks. - Robert
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