How Advance’s Newspapers Dealt with Cutbacks

By Chris O'Shea Comment

Advance Publications is cutting back production at four of its newspapers. The largest is New Orleans’ The Times-Picayune, but Alabama’s The Press-Register, The Huntington Times and The Birmingham News are all going to cut back to publishing only three times a week. It’s sad not only because communities depend on their local papers, but also because staffers will surely be dropped as a result of Advance’s announcement.

So how did the papers deal with it? Below a look at the front pages of the Times-Picayune, the Press-Register, the Huntington Times and the Birmingham News.

The Times-Picayune went big, with four out of the five stories dealing with the reduction.


The Press-Register took the oddly optimistic route, calling the end of daily editions “exciting.” We’re guessing the paper’s reporters would describe the news in a slightly different, expletive-laced way.



The Huntsville Times decided to take the middle ground and just call the cuts “changes.” Probably a better idea.


The Birmingham News went a similar route, while also playing up the digital side. The paper will be online 24/7! Who knew the information superhighway never closed for repairs?