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Times-Picayune cuts half of newsroom staff

June 13, 2012 • Business


Time-Picayune reporter Ramon Vargas sits on the front steps of the newspaper’s offices as he reads his job offer packet after being retained by the newspaper in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The Times-Picayune is laying off 200 employees as one of the nation’s oldest daily newspapers prepares to print just three days a week. The layoffs amount to about half of the newsroom’s 169 employees. Advertising, circulation and other departments also were affected at the 175-year-old newspaper. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Times-Picayune said Tuesday 200 employees will lose their jobs when one of the nation’s oldest daily newspapers shifts its focus to online news and publishes just three days a week beginning this fall.

The paper said 84 of the newsroom’s 173 employees were cut at the 175-year-old paper. Advertising, circulation and other departments also were affected. The change means New Orleans will become the largest metro area in the nation without a daily newspaper in the digital age.

In Alabama, three major daily newspapers laid off about 400 employees, many of them in the newsrooms at The Login to read more

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