Everybody in the world knows by now that former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was indicted yesterday, but you wouldn’t know it if your only news source was the Times-Picayune. By the time it arrives at my curb tomorrow morning, I will have heard all the details, all the analysis, and all the opinions from a multitude of other sources – TV, radio, web, and word of mouth – for two days. So when my paper does arrive, I won’t even bother to read anything about Nagin in it.
This is happening all the time now. Because it’s only being published three days a week, the T-P is becoming less and less useful as a timely source of current information, particularly on local stories and issues, even for an old paper-news junkie like me.
In short, the Times-Picayune is becoming irrelevant.