Hat tip to an observant reader for the link to the New York Times Media Decoder Blog which has all the skinny. It is no secret these are very hard times economically for old-fashioned print journalism and it appears just a few years after a major employee early retirement program new cuts at the T-P are in the offing.
Frankly, with nearly universal internet access cutting back the print editions makes a lot of sense to me. That said other newspapers have cut their news operations to disastrous results. The public will pay for quality journalism and thus in my opinion it follows those areas are where the resources need to be concentrated.
Finally there has been a fair amount of chatter about the new design of NOLA.com, with most of those moved to comment expressing unhappiness with the new format. I held my fire expressing an opinion but here is an opinion I take seriously since it does not come from a regular reader and is the first comment on the NYT Media Decoder Blog entry:
Just visited their website, http://www.nola.com/, which as mentioned in the comments thread, is so poorly designed it is effectively unreadable.
This isn’t a new media v old media thing in my mind so any constructive comments would likely be well received in Mediaville as the transition to fully leveraging new technologies means change in how news is disseminated is inevitable.