May 19, 201411:06 AM
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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

Newhouse 'T-P' strategy called 'a death spiral'

'Washington Post' publisher Katharine Weymouth discussed the paper at the annual CRMA conference.

Katharine Weymouth, the publisher of The Washington Post, referred to the Newhouse strategy of cutting back daily home distribution of  The Times-Picayune as a “death spiral.”
 
Weymouth, the granddaughter of the late Katharine Graham, made her comment Sunday night during a question and answer segment before the annual conference of the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA). The session, which I attended, was held at the Newseum, a museum dedicated to journalism, located in Washington D.C.
 
Weymouth, who earlier in the interview had said that one day in the future print journalism might have a different platform, was critical of the reduction of dailies to less frequency. She said that readers have developed a habit for dailies.
 
There is no lack of awareness to the global impact of the Internet at the Post. Last October the newspaper was purchased by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com. Nevertheless, Weymoth, who retained the position of publisher, assured that The Washington Post will be around as a printed daily for “a long time.”
 
There is no better presentation of journalism history than at the Newseum, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, within sight of Capitol Hill. One continuing exhibit concerns the nation’s daily newspapers. Each day the front page of dailies from American cities is posted on a wall. Under the heading of New Orleans, the slot now contains The New Orleans Advocate.
           

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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

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Errol LabordeErrol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans and is the editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing. In that capacity he serves as editor/associate publisher of New Orleans Magazine and editor/publisher of Louisiana Life magazine.

Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club of New Orleans. He also received the National and City Regional Magazine Association Award for Best Column for his New Orleans Magazine column, beating out 76 city magazines across the country. In 2013, Errol received the award for the "Best News Affiliated Blog," awarded by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.

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