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Two years ago, I asked whether the Picayune editorial staff’s move to a new location away from its traditional Howard Avenue home was “a strategic move to allow the digital side of the house to easily separate itself from the print side in case of a future divorce”. We now have a partial answer.

NOLA Media Group announced today that it will close down its Howard Avenue printing plant and move print production to a more modern facility in Mobile, Alabama.

According to the announcement, over 100 people will lose their jobs in New Orleans as a result of the move, which is being done to “reduce print-related costs, improve efficiencies and allow for greater use of color in the pages of The Times-Picayune.”

The announcement also says that “the Howard Avenue property may be donated to a nonprofit institution in the community”.

Print? Who needs it?