Residents plan rally to ‘save’ Times-Picayune paper

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 2:00pm

The announcement that the Times-Picayune will cut back its printing distribution to three days a week is not sitting well with some New Orleans-residents. Today, a rally has been scheduled to “save” the paper.

On Thursday, May 24, Advance Publications, owner of The Times-Picayune, announced that it’s going to focus its efforts heavier on Internet rather than print publishing. To do this, they’re cutting back distribution and only plan to publish three days a week.

Today, Monday, June 4, a group plans to hold a rally at 3000 S. Carrolton Avenue to show concern over the decision.

“The purpose of the protest is to send a message to the Newhouse owners, especially Steven Newhouse of Advance.net, that the resurgent city needs a daily paper,” Anne Rolfes, organizer of the rally, said in a press release. “Our message is clear: Publish every day or sell the paper and let someone else do it.”

Organizers say they chose today to hold the rally because employees at the paper will learn today whether their job is being kept or eliminated. The publication announced that it will make cutbacks, but did not say how many jobs will be eliminated.

The rally is set to begin at 4:00 p.m.

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