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Advocate plans hires from Times-Picayune; number not yet known

1 year 5 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, May 07 2019 May 7, 2019 May 07, 2019 8:55 AM May 07, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The publisher of The New Orleans Advocate says workers have begun adding desks to its newsroom and advertising area in anticipation of hiring staffers from the recently purchased Times-Picayune.

Publisher Dan Shea says The Advocate will hire journalists and other staff from The Times-Picayune. But on Monday he said it's too soon to know how many.

The Advocate's purchase of The Times-Picayune from Advance Local Media was announced Thursday, the same day Advance notified Louisiana's labor department that it would lay off 161 employees effective July 2. The Times-Picayune cut back home-delivery of a printed paper to three days a week in 2012.

The Advocate publishes daily. Plans are for a daily paper carrying both newspaper names to begin publishing next month.

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