|Trend: Newspapers May Run Away from Printing|
|by Tom McGregor||Thu, May 24, 2012, 07:02 PM|
One of the country’s oldest newspapers, The Times-Picayune of New Oreans, will no longer provide print editions seven days a week, but instead intends to offer three printed issues a week beginning in the autumn.
The change would mean that New Orleans would become the largest metro area in the country without a daily newspaper in the digital era.
The Houston Chronicle reports that, “the changes announced Thursday were combined with similar moves at three major Alabama daily newspapers also owned by the Newhouse family group’s Advance Publications. The Birmingham News, the Press-Register in Mobile and the Huntsville Times will switch to publishing three days a week as part of a new focus on online news. At all four papers, there will be unspecified staff cuts. All four papers will continue to publish continuously on their websites, and online access will remain free.”
In recent years, newspapers have been struggling as readers increasingly obtain their news online. The economy has gone into the Obama Recession and newspapers are launching new concepts to make online advertising more profitable than their printed counterparts.
The Houston Chronicle quotes Randy Siegel, Advance Publication’s president of local digital strategy, as saying that, “for us, this isn’t about print versus digital, this is about creating a very successful multi-platform media company that addresses the ever-changing needs of our readers, our online users and our advertisers. This change is not easy, but it’s essential for us to remain relevant.”
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