Times-Picayune lays off nearly one-third of its staff

UPDATE: Give the new organization a chance, says editor Amoss (WWLTV.com)
* Read the latest Times-Picayune developments on The Gambit’s Twitter feed

The Times-Picayune reports:

In the news operation alone, eighty-four of the 169 people currently employed in the Times-Picayune newsroom were notified Tuesday that they will lose their jobs and be given severance packages. Employees who were not laid off were offered new jobs beginning this fall with Nola Media Group, the new company that will oversee news coverage for The Times-Picayune beginning this fall.

Once Nola Media Group launches in the fall, it will employ 464 individuals, 397 of whom received employment offers on Tuesday. Another 67 positions will be filled before the launch.

From WWLTV.com:

By 10:30 a.m., Friends of the Times-Picayune Facebook page had a list of several of those leaving the paper, including James Beard Award-winning restaurant critic Brett Anderson and long-time sports columnist Peter Finney. Also leaving are news reporter Danny Monteverde, Cathy Hughes, Patricia Gonzalez, Barri Bronston and Katy Reckdahl along with Dennis Persica.

* Times-Picayune lays off nearly one-third of its staff (nola.com)
* High-profile journalists among those leaving the paper (WWLTV.com)
* Award-winning restaurant critic Brett Anderson is let go (NOLA Eater)
* Profits aren’t the only consideration for newspapers (Fortune)