Does Trouble at The Times-Picayune Signal the End of Daily Newspapers?

Times-Picayune Newspaper

Very soon, New Orleans could become the first major city in the U.S. to not offer a daily paper. Beginning this fall, Advance Publications, Inc., owner of the 175-year-old Times-Picayune newspaper has plans to offer the paper only three days a week.

“Almost nine million people visit New Orleans every year. What message is sent when there is no daily local paper to provide the news, sports, and local information that these visitors need?” (Ralph Brennan, President of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group)

In response to the announcement, New Orleans metro area advertisers and businesses are fighting the measure by joining The Times-Picayune Citizens’ Group and urging that the newspaper remain a daily publication. Advertisers and local business leaders say that the daily paper is a key contributor to the success of their individual businesses and to the economic vitality of New Orleans. The Times-Picayune reaches 75% of the New Orleans population every day.

“For this city to be considered a major U.S. market in the eyes of international companies, the Times-Picayune‘s daily printing is critical.” (Tiffany Adler, Vice President of Coleman E. Adler & Son)

While that may not mean much to you if you’re not a local, could this be a sign of things to come elsewhere? If your local paper made a similar move, how would it affect businesses and advertisers in your area? Leave a comment below!

Sources
Will the Newspaper Industry Save Itself by Reinventing Online Advertising?
Major Advertisers Join Citizens’ Group to Save Times-Picayune, Urge Owners to Print Seven Days

Permanence Matters Campaigns for Literary Longevity

“Can you imagine how our world would be changed without meaning being memorialized by the written word? No Bible or Koran. No Gettysburg Address… no way to capture and sustain the great ideas, perspectives and whimsy of mankind,” (George H. Glatfelter, CEO, Glatfelter)

Permanence Matters, a division of global paper supplier Glatfelter, believes the best way to preserve books for future generations is by printing them on paper that lasts, rather than on the groundwood paper that’s being used in increasingly by publishers today. The organization argues that groundwood paper – the stuff that many first editions, bestsellers, literary prize winners and textbooks are printed on – begins showing wear & tear after just a few years of use and is unfit for standing the test of time. In addition, there are concerns that this increasing use of groundwood paper could result in serious consequences to our literary history if it continues. Some 1 million new titles printed on groundwood are entering the Library of Congress each year — and that’s only a fraction of the number of new books being added to library collections around the country (Permanence Matters).

To help spread their message, Permanence Matters turned to advertising agency BooneOakley to assist them with bringing about visual representations of the company’s mission: preserving the written word – forever. The result of BooneOakley’s creativity are some fantastic examples of print advertising that viewers of all ages can instantly connect with. Whimsical scenes from some pillars of literature (Treasure Island, Gone With the Wind and War of the Worlds) are beautifully combined with an infinity symbol, creating images that require little or no explanation.