The New Orleans Times-Picayune has announced that it will only publish three days per week — Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday — starting in the fall. Under a new company, the NOLA Media Group, the paper will focus its energies on digital.
The company frames the news as progress; the company is doing this to keep up with the new wired New Orleans news consumer. But it does acknowledge that “upheaval” in the newspaper industry contributed to the decision. And there will be layoffs.
The Times-Picayune has a circulation of 155,000 on Sundays and 134,000 during the week, a decrease from the more than 250,000 readers the paper had pre-Hurricane Katrina.
Editor Jim Amoss will be leaving the company. The NY Times reports that Peter Kovacs and Dan Shea, two managing editors, will also be leaving.
The Times-Picayune has been publishing since 1837.