Major newspaper downsizes to three “more robust” issues per week: The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the largest newspaper in Louisiana, will downsize and stop publishing a print edition daily, moving many of their resources to online-only publishing and probably cutting jobs along the way. This isn’t the first time the paper’s gone digital-only. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the city, forcing the paper to come out with a digital-only PDF for three days, because their printing presses were down. Eventually, the printing presses went back up, but the spirit of the paper never went down. Let’s hope for their community’s sake that these changes don’t strip the community of that spirit. (above, today’s cover, via Newseum)
FJP: At yesterday’s GigaOm/paidContent conference we talked with Rob Grimshaw, Managing Director of the Financial Times, about the future of its print edition. While a totally different market than the Times Picayune, Grimshaw said that in ten years he sees the FT as a leaner paper targeted at core geographies (eg., London, Hong Kong, etc.) with more robust digital offerings driving the overall global brand.