Thursday, May 24, 2012

It's has been D-Day for newspapers in the Southeast as Advance Publications cuts back on print frequency at its dailies in Louisiana and Alabama

If you are in the newspaper industry you no doubt already have heard the news: Advance Publications has made announcements today that will effect its paper in New Orleans, The Times-Picayune, and then quickly made a similar announcement that will effect The Birmingham News, the Press-Register of Mobile, The Huntsville Times: the newspapers will now only print on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Both announcements were mentioned the creation of a new company that would be "digitally focused" (though in New Orleans they used a hyphen between those two words).

Both the announcement in New Orleans and in Birmingham spoke of difficult choices and "looking forward," but neither announcement mentioned what new digital initiatives would be taken - nothing about a metered paywall, a paid tablet edition, etc.

Leading the new Alabama Media Group will be Cindy Martin, who has served as President/CEO of al.com, the digital arm for the Advance newspapers in Alabama. Martin was in business development at AT&T for nine years before spending one year at McKinley Group as publisher of Magellan Search Engine. Martin was named the head of al.com at Advance Internet in 1997.

Jim Romenesko, as usual, has been on top of things through his new website. Sadly, the same can not be said for Editor & Publisher which is a shadow of its former self.

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