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More Layoffs at Da Paper

The third wave of layoffs at Da’ Paper arrived on Thursday (9.17). In an article posted online, the NOLA Media Group (formerly known as the Times-Picayune) announced that “28 full-time and 9 part-time content staffers – or 21 percent of the overall content operation's full-time employees” will lose their jobs.

Op-Ed: Let It Glow

Positive Christmas Cards for Louisiana

Tiny Daiquiri is busy running errands and fixing things this week, so his mom has taken over his column Rather than get all the-sky-falling and democracy-is-failing, she has decided to put a positive spin on things and write Christmas cards to some of Tiny’s favorite targets.

T-P to Shutter Orleans Parish Printing Plant, Cut 100 Jobs

The Times-Picayune has not garnered much popularity with their recent restructuring. The publication’s switch to digital elicited public outrage. The trend does not seem to be improving for ‘da Paper. On Tuesday, the T-P announced that they will be closing their Howard Avenue printing facility operated by ACS Louisiana, and cutting 100 production jobs.

Today in NOLA: 9.11.14

Jazz in the Park bops back to Armstrong Park with soul singer and keyboard player Nigel Hall, backed by his band the Congregation and supported by rising young horn player Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill. Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Cory Branan performs at the Beatnik. And while most of us have adjusted to the Sometimes-Picayune, media scholars are still debating its import. Plus, weekend theatre picks tonight:

Laid-Off Times-Picayune Employees Sue Newspaper, Parent Company Over Now-Defunct Job Security Pledge

Seven former longtime employees of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans who were laid off from their jobs in the fall of 2012 during corporate owner Advance Publications’ radical restructuring of the newspaper and more than a dozen others it owns around the country have filed suit against the newspaper and Advance, alleging “unlawful employment practices.”

Advocate Hires 4 Times-Pic Journos

With John Georges installed at the top and two former Times-Picayune brass running day-to-day operations, The Advocate newspaper appears to be staffing up. At least initially, Editor Peter Kovacs and GM Dan Shea are looking no further than their old staff at the T-P. Today, the Baton Rouge-based paper said it hired a pair of editors and two reporters that currently work at NOLA Media Group.

Georges, Ink: NOLA Businessman Seals Deal for The Advocate

On the same day the NOLA Media Group announced plans to once again print a newspaper all week, the paper from up the I-10 that showed up on the T-P's turf in the fall is also making its own news. John Georges officially completed his much-discussed deal Tuesday to become owner of the Baton Rouge-based Advocate, the newspaper announced. The New Orleans businessman is bringing some Times-Pic vets with him.

Times-Pic to Publish 'TPStreet' 3 Days a Week

A year after sending shockwaves through the local media landscape with their announcement  to cut down their publishing schedule to three days a week, NOLA Media Group announced a move that will put a paper back on newsstands - but not porches - five days a week. According to an announcement issued at midday, a new publication called TPStreet will circulate on the three weekdays that do not currently have a printed paper - Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Weekend Long Reads: Gentrification and T-P

For those looking for something to do this weekend now that City Hall is a little less labyrinthine, a pair of articles on topics near and dear to the Crescent City's hearts are prime for perusing.

Makin' Groceries with the Muses

Sneak Peek at the Krewe's 2013 Parade

This past year has been a busy one for the city of New Orleans' hot button, from the bounty scandal to the end of the 7-day Times Picayune to Entergy keeping the city in the dark. New Orleans has always been the city known for its partying ways and unfortunately scandalous behavior. As always, the Krewe of Muses has found a way to take the sting out of the scandal. NoDef got a peek at this year's theme, and some of the floats that will cart down the route.

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