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The Times-Picayune wasn't the first or last Advance Publications newspaper to undergo this transformation. The company began implementing this plan at many of its newspapers in 2009 despite waves of protest. However, the Times-Picayune was its foremost guinea pig. In a desperate attempt to recapture public favor, Advance implemented daily newsstand-only editions of the Times-Picayune to supplement its scant coverage. Author Rebecca Theim's deft treatment of the impact on employees and region; the enigmatic owners of Advance Publications; and Advance Publication's ambitious business model is a revelatory exposé of the swiftly changing face of journalism.
Posted January 2, 2014
Rebecca's Theim's HELL AND HIGH WATER is a knockout! Wonderfully written, its smart, fresh totally readable, informative and also entertaining prose takes the reader on a journey into the heart of the issue that the U.S. newspaper industry is confronting today--that is, will that industry, as print journalism, as we have known it, even survive? Ms Theim, traces the story of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, a nationally revered and locally loved daily newspaper, winner of many awards in recognition of its superior reporting, as it systematically begins to be transformed from the force it once was, to a struggling shell of itself, a several times a week web edition. This is the story of that fight, with many of the papers employees joining in, along with members of the community, in support of more than a newspaper, but a local institution that saw the citizens of New Orleans through Hurricane Katrina, among other events. Along the way, Ms.Theim gives us a real flavor of this amazing city, as well as the personalities that thread their way through this tale. And more than anything else, she gives us something very important to think about, and that is, what DO we want for our newspaper industry in this country? How DO we want our information to be delivered to us, and how do we safeguard, indeed, that we get that information, fully and unimpeded.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2013
Rebecca Theim, a reporting colleague when I held a staff writing position at The Times-Picayune, clearly takes up the cause of journalists and others impacted in draconian ways by the TP's wholesale move to digital. This is not a detached, objective treatment; it is passionate and intensely critical of a powerful media family and organization. That said, there is no doubt that Becky's work raises important questions, brings out the human dimension and promises to become a valuable reference point in the history of American journalism. Whatever your view of the digital revolution, this is a must read for any one concerned about the quality of journalism, its impact on our communities, and prospects for the next generation of writers, editors and photographers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2013
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