The spigot of former Times-Picayune employees going to The Advocate continued to flow Tuesday as the Baton Rouge paper announced two more hires.
Columnist Stephanie Grace along with news reporter Laura Maggi will join the handful of journalists recently at the paper, which recently was purchased by businessman John Georges.
Grace will join James Gill, a longtime columnist for the Times-Picayune who was announced as an Advocate hire last week, in writing columns. Hers will appear in the Advocate three days a week – Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
Maggi, meanwhile, will become an assistant bureau chief and online editor for The Advocate’s New Orleans edition while also reporting.
Grace and Maggi are just the latest in a bevy of movement that has seen The Advocate siphon off those who cut their teeth at the Times-Picayune . On May 8, Martha Carr, Gordon Russell, Sara Pagones were all announced as The Advocate hires. At the same time, the paper announced Claire Galofaro and Andrew Vanacore as hires, bringing on some of the Times-Picayune’s City Hall and education reporters.
The Advocate’s senior executives Dan Shea and Peter Kovacs both had been let go by the Times-Picayune when the paper changed its strategy.
The newspaper war began when the New Orleans paper eliminated four days of publishing, scaling back on Oct. 1 to a Wednesday, Friday and Sunday printing while focusing most of its efforts online at NOLA.com.
At the same time, The Advocate began circulating a New Orleans edition of its paper, eventually obtaining more than 20,000 subscribers interested in getting a seven-day-a-week newspaper.