Nov. 1: What drives traffic at al.com? Blackface!
Nov. 9: Wary journalists at the Plain Dealer begin a campaign to rally Cleveland readers to save the paper, though Advance has made no announcements. The next month, 58 layoffs were announced. Four months after that, the newspaper dropped to three times a week for delivery but continued daily printing.
Nov. 11: A Birmingham News reporter files the same election story 13 times, changing only town and candidate names.
Nov. 13: Pulitzer-winning reporter Sara Ganim jumps to CNN ahead of Harrisburg’s Patriot-News layoffs.
Nov. 19: A New Orleans editor warns Cleveland of impending doom.
Also, in AnnArbor.com’s profile of a magician, the commenters uncover his criminal past.
The Huntsville Times’ Nov. 21 front page is missing a headline.
Nov. 26: Competitors line up to take on Harrisburg, Pa., paper.
Dec. 4: Huntsville puts its building up for sale and signs a 10-year lease on a downtown space, planning to move in the spring after renovations.
Dec. 26: Cleveland’s editorial board asked the organizers behind the Save the Plain Dealer campaign to write a column. It never ran in the paper, instead ending up on Facebook.
Participation in the Birmingham News online readers
poll, Birmingham’s Best, dropped 66 percent
from 2011 to 2012.
Jan. 2: The Birmingham News offers a clip-and-save guide to “What to do if you’re caught in a mass shooting” (shown above). [larger version]
Jan. 5: NOLA Media Group reports higher numbers for site traffic and newspaper circulation, but omits all circulation figures.
Newsmagazine “60 Minutes” covers New Orleans’
reaction to changes at the Times-Picayune in this
Jan. 6 report.
Also, Harrisburg, Pa., newspaper competitor gains in circulation numbers.
Jan. 18: Good: Times-Picayune wins award for its “Louisiana Incarcerated” investigative series. Bad: Half the team was laid off months ago.
Jan. 20: Syracuse Media Group starts off announcement with “Goodbye, copy editors.”
Jan. 22: The Birmingham News operated from a historic building since 1907, till it demolished it for a new construction in 2006. Less than 7 years later, it’s selling that building to lease office space elsewhere.
Also, Mobile is selling its building, built in 2002, to lease offices elsewhere.