Times-Picayune staffers are expected to learn early next week whether they’ve lost their jobs or will be offered new ones with the new NOLA Media Group, reports Gambit’s Kevin Allman.
“Job descriptions will likely be revised, and those who receive offers to stay will likely have to reapply for the new positions,” he writes. “Sources also say a number of entirely new people may be hired to contribute content to the company’s online operation, particularly in the fields of sports and entertainment.”
The reporters/content providers have been told to gather information and post it online as it comes in, rather than filing traditional long-form stories. They will be providing updates throughout the day on NOLA.com and other platforms such as Twitter, and expected to take photos and video as circumstances warrant to augment the content they file online — though this information-gathering will supplant, not replace, the paper’s photographers.
The plan was presented to newsroom employees as a positive change, “freeing” them from being concerned about how their work would appear in the newspaper edition in terms of word length and story elements.