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Save the Times-Picayune!
  • Petitioned Advance Publications, Inc./Newhouse Newspapers

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Advance Publications, Inc./Newhouse Newspapers

Save the Times-Picayune!

    1. Rebecca Theim
    2. Petition by

      Rebecca Theim

      Henderson, NV

Founded in 1837, The Times-Picayune is a cherished, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the great American city of New Orleans. Despite the newspaper's proud history and heroic actions of much of its staff during Hurricane Katrina, The Times-Picayune's corporate owners, Advance Publications, announced in late May that beginning in the fall, the newspaper would be published only three days a week, the staff would be cut and the diminished resources would be focused on the website NOLA.com. On June 12, about one-third of the newspaper's staff was told their jobs would end Sept. 30, including almost one-half of the newsroom. These decisions were made despite the fact that the newspaper is still profitable, enjoys the highest audience penetration of any major U.S. newspaper and only 36% of New Orleanians have reliable Internet access necessary to read NOLA.com daily.

Few believe a three-day-a-week newspaper, reduced staff and a mediocre website are acceptable alternatives to today's Times-Picayune, and the New Orleans community and the media industry have responded to Advance's plans with shock and outrage. Advance Publications Chairman Steven Newhouse has retorted by saying, "we have no intention of selling, no matter how much noise there is."

Please join with New Orleans residents, community activists, newspaper lovers and others - including Democratic political strategist and CNN contributor and New Orleans resident James Carville, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, NPR and ABC News political commentator and New Orleans native Cokie Roberts, "Mad Men" star Bryan Batt, actor Ed Asner (aka newspaper editor "Lou Grant"),  "Moneyball" author and native New Orleanian Michael Lewis, "Prairie Home Companion's" Garrison Keillor, journalist Linda Ellerbee, authors Anne Rice and Christine Wiltz, musicians Branford Marsalis and Marcia Ball, and humorist Roy Blount Jr. - who value the role a great newspaper plays in a free society. Show your support by signing this petition to implore  Advance and the Newhouses to maintain the publishing frequency and proud legacy of The Times-Picayune and its other newspapers.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. NOLA Citizens' Group says it has Potential Buyer for The Times-Picayune

      Rebecca Theim
      Petition Organizer

      The New Orleans Citizens' Group that has been imploring Times-Picayune owner Advance Publications to continue to publish daily today had a letter delivered to 22 members of the Newhouse family (which owns Advance), informing them it has a potential buyer for the newspaper if they won't back down on their plans to reduce publication to thrice weekly and slash the staff.

      "If your family does not believe in the future of this great city and its capacity to support a daily newspaper, it is only fair to allow us to find someone who does," the letter reads.

      It was signed by 14 prominent New Orleanians - including everyone from Archbishop Gregory Aymond to musician Wynton Marsalis.

      Please help us keep the pressure on by asking your friends, co-workers and families to sign the petition, which the letter cited as evidence of community support for a strong, daily newspaper.

      Thank you!

    2. "Mad Men" star Bryan Batt just became the 9,160th person to sign!

      Rebecca Theim
      Petition Organizer

      "Mad Men" star Bryan Batt, co-owner of New Orleans' Hazelnut home decor and furnishings store, just became the 9,160th person to sign the "Save The Times-Picayune" petition.

    3. Reached 9,000 signatures
    4. Staff cuts followed by posting of new positions at NOLA Media Group

      Rebecca Theim
      Petition Organizer

      After Tuesday's (6/12/12) bloodbath - in which one-third of Times-Picayune employees and one-half of its newsroom found out they will lose their jobs Sept. 30 - NOLA Media Group this morning began posting scores of new positions on its website. Speculation is that these new positions will offer considerably less pay than their predecessors earned, although Editor Jim Amoss previously wrote to staffers that "most people will make what they make today, if not more," while also acknowledging that there "could be some salary adjustments, depending on changes in job descriptions."

    5. Reached 8,000 signatures
    6. Please Help Us Secure More Signatures to "Save the Picayune!" via Facebook

      Rebecca Theim
      Petition Organizer

      First, thank you so very much for signing our petition to save The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.

      We're planning something very exciting in connection with the petition and need to quickly secure as many additional signatures as possible. A status report about the petition sent to me this morning by Change.org shows that a significant number of our signatories came to our page via Facebook.

      If you and/or your organization have a Facebook page, would you please post news of our petition to it and ask your friends to sign it?

      Thank you so much. Save the Picayune! Deliver the news to Newhouse: Publish Every Day or Sell the Paper!

    7. Reached 6,000 signatures
    8. Reduced salary rumors are untrue, Times-Picayune editor says in memo

      Rebecca Theim
      Petition Organizer

      In a memo to staff early this morning, Times-Picayune Editor Jim Amoss said although the staff indeed will be smaller after the changes, "our reporting arm will be at least comparable to what it is now." In addition, while "there could be some salary adjustments, depending on changes in job descriptions ... most people will make what they make today, if not more." (Link to memo below.)

      In light of Jim's statement, I've revised the wording of the petition to reflect those changes.

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. 750 Signatures on the Save The Times-Picayune Petition in 11 Hours

      Rebecca Theim
      Petition Organizer

      Can we make it to 1,000 by noon Thursday?

    11. Reached 750 signatures
    12. We have 100+ signatures on Save the Times-Picayune petition in 1st hour!

      Rebecca Theim
      Petition Organizer

      Encourage your friends and family to sign. Let them know the grand city of New Orleans deserves a daily newspapers and a fairly compensated staff.

    13. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Laura Blackston NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • about 2 years ago

      This city needs investigative reporting and analysis on a daily basis. One-third of our citizens do not have internet access. Advance Publishing should be ashamed of the hypocrisy of their statement that they are reducing print subscriptions to concentrate on the quality of nola.com. That is absolutely an impossibility with layoffs of 200 employees.

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    • katherine van Wormer CEDAR FALLS, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is my hometown.

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    • Juliette Hare O'Connor METAIRIE, LA
      • about 2 years ago

      Iread the paper every morning with a cup of coffee before I get out of bed. After that I never have the time to sit and read it much less sit at a computer and attempt to navigate your online paper. I only look at NOLA.com when I am searching for a specific article that I had seen in the TP paper so I can send it on to someone else. I have been reading the TP since I was 13 - I am now 66. I will now subscribe to the BR Advocate for my pleasure. My husband still wants the TP delivered so you will still have us on your rolls. I fear you (the Newhouses) have made a grave mistake by not selling to our interested local buyers.

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    • Robert Longo NAPLES, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      It is a great paper that is important to me and the people of New Orleans. I always read it when visiting New Orleans. the city needs its Daily Newspaper.

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    • Jim O'Quinn NEW YORK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Good journalism is essential to the life of a city.

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