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Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News
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NEWORLEANS- 'It's a sad day when you think what this newspaper has mean to, not only this city and region, but the industry itself.'

That was the reaction of longtime sports and Saints writer Brian Allee-Walsh, who reported on most of the city's major sports teams and events for a couple of decades before he took a buyout in 2009.

After spending so much time there, he, like so many others, was hit hard by news that the newspaper is ending its daily production, and jobs will be eliminated.

'It's not gonna be the same and it's losing a good friend, and I know all the readers that have been so faithful through the years, particularly, I mean, this paper stood for so much during Katrina. It was a lifeline for so many people, not only locally, but around the world.'

News of the downsizing began to surface late Wednesday night and some Times-Picayune employees confirmed learning about it through the New York Times.

Beginning this fall, the newspaper will only be published Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, and there will be layoffs -- although executives aren't saying how many.

The changes fall under the umbrella of a newly-formed company, the NOLA Media Group -- which will focus on digital content.

Loyola Journalism Professor Lisa Martin says it all adds up to a loss for the city.

'It's so important in a city like New Orleans, or any major city, where you have to deal with issues like public corruption, that you have a strong newspaper,' she said. 'Losing the print version of the newspaper is going to affect New Orleanians greatly, because so many people don't have access to Internet.

Allee-Walsh, meanwhile, believes strong work from his former colleagues will continue.

'It doesn't detract from what a great newspaper the Times-Picayune is and always will be. It's just a different form now.'

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