Well to help the sales the TP can put QR code on the sides of their newspaper dispensers, which will promote accessing the e-papers from local business, who already sold the space for to have them. So that the businesses don't get hurt from the lack of foot traffic.
I think the decision by the Picayune highlights one of the dangers of the emerging technology culture. It's indicative of the fact that many who rely strictly on digital technology are becoming rootless. I worry that the demise of print media is just another loss of tangible history that won't be preserved for future generations. One of the great images of American history is Truman holding up a paper with the infamous "Dewey defeats Truman" header.Go to any sports bar or restaurant in Baton Rouge or New Orleans and there are front pages from The Advocate and the TP celebrating Saints and LSU championships. These are artifacts of our time. I'm 27 and a member of the so-called Millenial generation. I love the access that technology provides, but with that access comes a sense of immediacy that gives no regard to posterity. That said, to be competitive you have to move to digital. I'm just worried about the effect a digital world will have on future generations and their connections with their own past.
Jack Shafer: My view is that the Newhouse family is devising a long-term liquidation plan for their large chain of newspapers. The cutback daily home delivery at some of their Michigan papers before they dropped the bomb on the Times-Picyayune and their Alabama titles. I think that they sense no growth at any of these newspapers so they’re going to extract as much value as they can from then until one day–poof!–they fold them.
What they’re telling the market by printing on the three days of the week that most advertisers advertise is that the papers exist to please advertisers, not readers.
Personally, I think Stephen is right to point out that the future is largely online. But that doesn't mean there isn't a place for local dailies in print format. The traditional media will have to revamp, and that very well could include significant reductions in staff.
Sid hits on a point that I think needs to be brought out and that is the influence of corporations and corporate profit concerns. The T-P, reportedly, was profitable. It may not have stayed that way, but it was at the time of the axing. From the outpouring of support from the New Orleans community, it's also clear that there is a loyal and dedicated readership for the traditional paper. What is striking is just how little the corporate officers of Advance/Newhouse care about the people of New Orleans. It's understandable as those officers don't live and work in the city, but that's just it - the T-P was a paper for the community of New Orleans. The ones responsible for dismantling it are not.
The reality is media has to change. We are experiencing a time of adjustment as we figure out how to handle the new reality of life in the internet age. There are a number of questions that still have yet to be answered (and maybe even a few yet to be asked).