Nightly News | May 24, 2012
>>> bad news arrived today from a great american city where this broadcast has spentd a taught of time and put down roots since hurricane katrina . new orleans, louisiana, is a city easy to love, and that has always included for them their local paper with the unusual name, the times s picayune. today's news was about the local paper.
>>> it's a force even the times picayune couldn't withstand. the paper that survived the civil war , countless mergers, and most famously, hurricane katrina , today bowed to the changing economics of the newspaper industry.
>> this is the end of the line for something that is very important in a community.
>> this fall, it will go from printing papers seven days a week to three while increasing its online efforts. a new direction that will mean job cuts and the loss of community created by everyone reading the same thing.
>> online, people tend to go in a lot of different directions. whereas when somebody delivers you the paper, you look at the front page .
>> affectionately known as the tp, it chronicled l ed the city like no other. but to understand the connection between this city and its paper, one reporter said, you must look through the lens of katrina. a near death experience for both new orleans and the times picayune . while thousands escape the historic storm and flood, david was one of the jurnalists who refused to leave.
>> it was different for us. this wasn't just a story we were covering. we live here.
>> he said the paper exposed the flaws that led to the disaster. he now works for the " los angeles times ."
>> i worry when you take away the newspaper and its watchful eye or reduce its resources to the point it can't do the job it used to do, i worry about the city.
>> a city that has already taken more than its share of hits.
>> and still ahead as we