TPStreet: “Tabloid” sums it up nicely

The front page of today’s inaugural issue of TPStreet fits right into the “tabloid” genre:

The inaugural issue of TPStreet

The inaugural issue of TPStreet

If this issue is any indication of what we can expect in the days and weeks ahead, we’ll see sensational headlines and photos on the front page, lots of syndicated content, sports box scores, and very little in the way of fresh local news originated by NOLA Media Group reporters.

As a product that will look right at home on the news rack next to the National Enquirer, TPStreet sets a new low for locally produced print journalism.

A comment posted online by “chattanola” in response to editor Jim Amoss’ announcement of today’s debut nets it out:

“Look on anyone’s grocery list and you’ll see that ‘TP’ stands for toilet paper.”


Blame it on Microsoft

Don’t like NOLA.com? Blame it on Microsoft.

The software giant has awarded the 2013 Microsoft Digital Marketing Partner of the Year Award to Advance Digital, parent company of NOLA Media Group and the other similar-sounding organizations owned by Advance Publications.

According to an announcement at AL.com (the look-alike Alabama equivalent of NOLA.com),

The award recognizes excellence in innovation and implementation of digital marketing campaigns using Microsoft products. …

Advance Digital was one of 3,000 companies nominated for approximately 40 awards Microsoft bestows annually on its business partners. It was the first time Microsoft awarded an honor for digital marketing.

Peter Weinberger, president of Advance Digital, praised Microsoft for the way it has worked with Advance’s local websites.

“Microsoft has been an incredible partner committed to providing us with innovative marketing solutions for our customers and constant support for all our local media groups, that includes MLive Media Group, Alabama Media Group and NOLA Media Group,” Weinberger said.

Call me a luddite, but how all that “excellence in innovation and implementation of digital marketing campaigns” is demonstrated by any of the Advance Digital websites is lost on me.


The New Orleans Advocate gets serious about partying

Photojournalist Steven Forster will be shooting the Big Easy party scene for the New Orleans Advocate, the paper announced today:

Forster documented New Orleans social events for The Times-Picayune for 19 years on the Big Easy page. …

Peter Kovacs, The Advocate’s editor, said Forster’s work should begin appearing soon.

“We live in a community that has made partying into an art form, and Steven has a unique ability to capture the best of the people who make our parties so special.

“We’re looking forward to publishing his work in New Orleans’ only daily newspaper.”

Party on, y’all, and look for the camera guy with the Advocate press pass in his hat band.


Lost love

A new survey of former and present Times-Picayune employees shows that the love they once had for that institution has been irretrievably lost.

Rebecca Theim, a former Times-Picayune reporter who started the DashThirtyDash T-P Employee Assistance Fund and is writing a book about what happened to the paper, has published the results of a survey she conducted of former and present Picayune employees.

The survey, published at the Columbia Journalism Review website, is unscientific because the respondents were self-selected, but among those who responded “almost no one thought the changes had been handled well,” and “even employees who stayed believed the changes were driven by greed on the part of the Newhouse family; few believed the newspaper’s financial performance warranted such wrenching changes.”

Click the link for the full survey results.