While I appreciate the plaudit for talking to Becky for her book, I need to point out that I have repeatedly offered to talk to Kevin about our plans -- as I see them (my comments have been made without planning by or approval of mgt of NOLA/TP) -- and have not been taken up on the offer by him or Gambit. The result is continued, one-sided reporting.
Our present and former staffers have gone through an extremely difficult three years. Many have landed on their feet. Many have not yet reached that point. My comments have largely been to defend our present product and not the original actions, as I continue to believe that while the present strategy would eventually be required by us and most other media, N.O. was one of the few markets that could have survived with a daily print product, even if scaled back, for several more years. Indeed, with the launch of TPStreet, we're showing that that's true.
Our product, as shown by this week's joint investigative series by Manuel Torres and Fox8's Lee Zurik, continues to provide quality journalism to our readers -- who continue to be the majority of readers of print and online products in the New Orleans area by a wide margin.
You say ... was largely greeted with dismay in the newsroom ...
Really? Did you take a poll? I, for one, was happy to see this 'fight back' move.
Or is your mind reading of NOLA/TP staffers as incorrect as your contention that Times-Picayune Street will not be delivered to subscribers. You don't like the way it will be delivered -- electronically by pdf only available to subscribers, as opposed to in print form -- but it is delivery, potentially another 100,000 or more readers.
If you guys want to attack NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in every story, that's fine. But label it what it is: opinion. And base it on facts. Please.
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