Times-Picayune to end daily paper production

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Posted on May 24, 2012 at 5:27 AM

Updated Thursday, May 24 at 12:13 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - The Times-Picayune will significantly downsize its staff and start publishing only three times a week, said a statement on the paper's website.

Longtime editor Jim Amoss will assist in the transition before moving to run the combined content operation of NOLA Media Group. Two managing editors are on their way out as well, according to a report in the New York Times.

The staff will be reduced from 150 to 100 or fewer, according to The Gambit.  Part of the restructing will cut the printed version to Wednesday, Friday and Sundays only, said a statement on NOLA.com, and the changes will begin in the fall.

"We did not make this decision lightly," said Ricky Mathews, the new president of the paper. "It's the toughest part of transitioning from a print-centric to a digitally-focused company. Our employees make us the company we are today, and we will work hard during this transition to treat all of them with the utmost respect for the hard work and dedication they've shown over the years."

It has been a tumultuous week in the Times-Picayune newsroom, The Gambit said.

Mathews, the new publisher, visited New Orleans last week and held meetings with only some of the paper's executives, The Gambit reported. Apparently included in the meetings were Amoss, city editor Gordon Russell, sports editor Doug Tatum and features editor Mark Lorando; excluded were managing editors Peter Kovacs and Dan Shea, according to The Gambit.

Many staff members found out about the cuts when the article was posted on The New York Times website late Wednesday night.

NOLA.com is not expected to be effected by the cuts.

WWL-TV requested a comment from The Times-Picayune, but the newspaper did not get back to us.

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See The New York Times article: http://nyti.ms/KMQb2w

See The Gambit article: http://bit.ly/KcR83c

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