Times-Picayune lays off 200 employees

More shrinking news as the storied New Orleans Times-Picayune transitions from a daily to 3-days-a-week (plus website, of course).

Editor Jim Amoss:  “We’re committed to being the journalistic watchdog of our communities. We’re committed to the high quality of journalism our readers have come to expect from us, produced by a formidable news staff. And we’re committed to deploying by far the largest news-gathering team in the region.”

This is disastrous for the employees and for everyone who values the news. 84 people cut from the newsroom staff.

Here in Madison the Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal have begun requiring online readers at host.madison.com to “register to read”, presumably in preparation for the coming paywall likely this year.