Newspaper Beat: 'Hoy L.A.' Expands, 'Times-Picauyne' Editor Justifies Layoffs

Poynter, Friday, June 15, 2012 3 PM
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Finally, some happy newspaper news! Spanish-language paper Hoy Los Angeles wll be expanding its publication schedule from three days to four. Its new Thursday edition "will focus on profiles of prominent LA Latinos as well as entertainment, sports, food, home, health and business news," writes  Mediabistro's Matthew Fleischer.

Also, Washington Post editors say the paper will put renewed focus on enterprise stories and hire an Enterprise Editor  "to lift the ambition, quality and impact of our journalism," reports Politico's Dylan Byers.

Meanwhile, New Orleans' Times Picayune editor Jim Amoss "invokes the newspaper’s Web-first response to Hurricane Katrina in order to defend the decision to lay off 200 people and pivot to the Web," writes Steve Myers.

Myers provides some counterarguments, including that of a former Times Picayune editor: "No one is arguing whether the business is going digital — at some point. We all know that. What they continually do not discuss is that it did not need to happen this way, this soon, and they have presented no evidence to prove their case beyond lofty pronouncements about the coming digital era."

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