Why We Should Defend the Changes at the 'Times-Picayune'

Times-Picayune readers learn about the newspaper moving to a 'beefed up' online presence and a reduction to a three day a week paper in New Orleans, Louisiana Photograph by David Grunfeld/MCT via Getty Images

There has been a lot of criticism of Newhouse-owned Advance Publications since the media chain announced it was scaling back printing of some newspapers in Louisiana and Alabama, including the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, which will now be printed only three days per week, with a website picking up the slack. Some celebrity fans of the city have written an open letter asking the Newhouse family either to return to printing daily or to sell the newspaper to someone who will, but the chain has refused. Are the critics right? In a blog post on the issue, Digital First Media chief John Paton makes a strong case that the Times-Picayune has to find some way forward in a digital world, as all newspapers do: There is no going back.

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