I visited the Times-Picayune newsroom once many years ago. The ex and I were in New Orleans for the marathon, and a former colleague was working there. We got the obligatory tour.

I don’t remember much about it, which is not surprising. At least in those days, newspapers all looked pretty much the same. Only the accents changed. But I always liked that paper. Good journalism and a distinctive style. I thought it fit in well with the city. It was part of the city.

So It feels a bit personal today to read about the horrific layoffs they just went through. They’re following the same path I went down a couple of years ago. New company, publication cut to three days a week, newsroom instantly hacked by 50 percent. Eighty-four journalists.

There’s really not much to say. It’s just the way things are these days.

The one bright spot I read today: At the traditional wake last night, reported that colleagues from the Chicago Tribune called the newspaper bar and opened a tab for the guys who were drinking there. Journalists make the best drinking buddies. Even if they’re not there.

The low spot: Someone there tried to call up the video of the new boss promising a bright future with digital news, but it hadn’t been formatted to play on smartphones.

It’s been a long trip from that day I ran that marathon in New Orleans. I remember beignets and a voodoo shop and Bourbon Street and a newspaper that I just assumed would always be there. For 175 years, it was.

I hope those voodoo dolls actually work …

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2 Responses to Sad

  1. tosuperstar says:

    Mrs TO and I lived in NOLA form 1984-1987. I loved the Times-Picayune. I first read of Mayor Dutch Morial jumping over a desk to punch the reporter because he didn’t like the question he asked. My oldest daughter was born there, and is now living in NOLA. Sorry to here of the lay offs in a City still trying to recover from Katrina!

  2. Jill says:

    The world of digital is wiping out too many cool things. Finding a great little corner bookstore is rare these days. *sigh*

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