The daily paper: it used to be an American institution. But over the past few years, more and more towns and cities have been reducing their circulation. And beginning this fall, the largest city yet will no longer have their major daily. Yesterday, over 200 staff members there received their pink slips from New Orleans paper the Times-Picayune.
Of course, many argue that in this day and age, with the vast quantity and high quality of online news, we don’t need daily papers like we used to.
Takeaway listener Wes Farris wrote on our Facebook page, "I haven't purchased a newspaper in about ten years. I have used them for packing, however, and they were wonderful." And listener Cate Contino writes, "Most of my news these days comes to me via twitter."
But there are people out there who say we still need the daily paper. Among them is Anne Milling, who works with Women of the Storm, which is a grassroots effort to help rebuild New Orleans after Katrina. The group has joined with other organizations to save the Times-Picayune daily paper.
John McQuaid is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former Times-Picayune reporter whose work has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post and other publications.