Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune [NOOK Book]

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Near midnight on May 23, 2012, the New York Times broke the story that Advance Publications, the New York-based owner of about three dozen US newspapers, would use its 175-year-old New Orleans Times-Picayune as the testing ground for a risky experiment. The Picayune-which won fierce local devotion, international acclaim, and two Pulitzer Prizes for its heroic coverage of the aftermath of 2005's Hurricane Katrina-would become a three-day-per-week publication and shift its focus to its much derided nola.com Web ...
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Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Overview

Near midnight on May 23, 2012, the New York Times broke the story that Advance Publications, the New York-based owner of about three dozen US newspapers, would use its 175-year-old New Orleans Times-Picayune as the testing ground for a risky experiment. The Picayune-which won fierce local devotion, international acclaim, and two Pulitzer Prizes for its heroic coverage of the aftermath of 2005's Hurricane Katrina-would become a three-day-per-week publication and shift its focus to its much derided nola.com Web site, leaving New Orleans as the largest US city without a daily newspaper. The profitable newspaper, with the country's highest readership penetration in a city its size, then proceeded to purge its veteran newsroom, antagonize much of the city and state, attract negative national and international attention, and jeopardize its vaunted reputation-all in an effort to create a new blueprint for the profitable operation of American newspapers in today's increasingly digital world.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455618828
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 777 KB

Meet the Author

Rebecca Theim is the founder of dashTHIRTYdash, a nonprofit dedicated to the aid of laid-off Times-Picayune employees. Theim earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and master's degree in marketing communications from Northwestern University and a second master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University. Theim worked at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the New Orleans Times-Picayune before working in corporate marketing and public relations. Her work has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Chicago Tribune, Forbes.com, Portfolio.com, BusinessInsider.com, The Wall Street Journal, MSN Money, and The Christian Science Monitor. She lives with her family in suburban Las Vegas.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Rebecca's Theim's HELL AND HIGH WATER is a knockout! Wonderfully

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Rebecca Theim, a reporting colleague when I held a staff writing

    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.

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    Posted December 14, 2013

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