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My House NOLA presents a rolling food vendor mini festival
Maple Leaf (8:00PM)
Feel the Mardi Gras Indian beat with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Rebirth Brass Band
Crescent City Farmers Market
Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
The Antenna Gallery (7:00 PM)
A series of music-themed movies and documentaries, curated and hosted by DJ Soul Sister, and co-presented by Charitable Film Network, Press Street, and WWOZ
Jewish Community Center (7:30 PM)
The second evening of a chamber music festival that has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike
Circle Bar (10:00 PM)
Catch the Indie rockers on their North American tour
Times-Picayune to Stop Printing Daily Newspaper, Shrink Staff
The Times-Picayune will no longer be a daily paper in the near future. According to a David Carr story on The New York Times website last night, Publisher Ashton Phelps' recently-announced retirement is set to precipitate a huge change at New Orleans' Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper of record. According to the report, which cites two newsroom sources, da Paper's publishing schedule could be cut to 2-3 days a week, and huge staff cuts are in the offing. Read the whole story here. Meanwhile, tweeting New Orleanians have already started campaigning to #SaveTheTP. Click through to see the full text of the internal memo from Publisher Ashton Phelps about the changes.
UPDATE (5/24, 9 a.m.): NOLA.com now has a post spelling out the initial changes. The changes are so tectonic that a new company is being formed called The NOLA Media Group. In the fall, da Paper will move to publication three days a week: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The focus will move to nola.com, but don't worry. The paper will be "more robust."
The focus will shift to digital news. As for those staff cuts, we think it says somewhere in here that people are losing their jobs:
For analysis, we again turn to David Carr:
So what can we expect in the future? The shift has been most closely linked with the tactics that da Paper's parent company, Advance Publications, used in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the website is now the prominent way to get news. Writing for Forbes, Michelle Maynard provides a glimpse:
Uplifting. Meanwhile, historian David Ruys Smith talks about da Paper's history, and what it's meant to New Orleans over the years, here.
Now, here's the full text of an internal memo distributed this morning by Publisher Ashton Phelps Jr.:
"To all employees:
We wanted to make you aware of a news story that will be posted on NOLA.com regarding the future of the company, and to alert you that we will be scheduling meetings to discuss it with groups of employees today.
The story, which can be accessed through this link details the formation of NOLA Media Group, a digitally focused company that will launch this fall and that will develop new and innovative ways to deliver news and information to the company's online and mobile readers. NOLA Media Group will be led by Ricky Mathews. Also this fall, The Times-Picayune will begin publishing a more robust newspaper on a reduced schedule of Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only.
We will also be forming a new company, Advance Central Services Louisiana , which will be led by Ray Massett. ACS will produce and distribute the newspaper as well as provide critical support functions for the NOLA Media Group.
Many current employees of The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com will have the opportunity to grow with the new organizations, but the need to reallocate resources to accelerate the digital growth of NOLA Media Group will necessitate a reduction in the size of the workforce.
Press reports have necessitated our giving you this news now. We realize it will make people anxious, but we do not know enough today to be able to announce how the changes will affect individual employees. We will move as quickly as possible in the coming weeks to make that determination and to inform each of you personally.
We will meet with department heads at 9 a.m. today in the 2nd-floor conference room . Staff meetings will be scheduled during the day. We will not be able to answer all of the questions you have, but will address as many as possible.
Ashton Phelps, Jr.
ANOTHER UPDATE (5/24, 12:30 p.m.): Alabama is losing dailies too. Over in new NOLA Media Group overlord Ricky Matthews' homeland of Alabama, newspapers in Mobile, Birmingham and Huntsville are facing the same fate as the T-P. Making things seem even more like some ominous invasion, al.com's message is nearly identical to the one that appeared on nola.com this morning. Same three-day print schedule. Same corporate restructuring. Same vague talk of staff cuts. Of course, this shouldn't be a surprise since Matthews published those papers before the announcement that he would take over in New Orleans. One difference: Instead of "more robust news," this announcement promises that the trio of papers will to "expand their reporting resources to provide more focus on local news." At least expanded reporting doesn't usually appear on a wine label.
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