ROUNDUP: Controlling the news in New Orleans

THAT FLAG TAKES UP A LOT OF SPACE:  The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate transition continues this week with the awkward, compound name now dominating the newspaper’s front page while 55 laid-off journalists look for new jobs.

Georges Media, the company that owns The Baton Rouge Advocate and The New Orleans Advocate, purchased The Times-Picayune May 2 from Advance Publications.

Last year, Georges Media also acquired Gambit, which had been the alternative news publication in New Orleans.

Merging The Times-Picayune with The New Orleans Advocate resulted in layoffs for 65 journalists, although some reapplied for jobs and were hired by the new owners for the consolidated newsroom. Poynter.com reports as many as 10 Times-Picayune journalists will for the newspaper.

Nola.com also relaunched this week as the online home of The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate as well as Gambit. Some older content is now missing on the new website.

TELL US SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW: The Pew Research Center in June released its annual State of The News Media report.

One key finding that journalists might already know in a profound way: Newspapers are hurting because more Americans consume news digitally. Newspapers lost 10 percent of readers in 2017, down from already diminished figures, the reports states.

“The industry’s financial fortunes and subscriber base have been in decline since the early 2000s, even as website audience traffic has grown for many,” the report states.

The report also has the numbers on TV news, audio and podcasting, and digital news. 

More Americans are listening to podcasts online in general, and 5.4 million Americans downloaded NPR podcasts in particular.

Also, 93 percent of Americans get at least some of their news online, on their cell phone or laptop or other devices, the report states.

MORE BAD NEWS: Even journalism professors lack enthusiasm for the news career field, a new study from Rice University and Rutgers University indicates.

Educators are encouraging aspiring journalists to look for work outside the news business, the researchers write in “Professionalizing Contingency: How Journalism Schools Adapt to Deprofessionalization.”

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