City Council President Jackie Clarkson comments on TP changes

Published: Jun. 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM CDT
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Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue
Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue

New Orleans, La. - City Council President Jackie Clarkson decries the changes at the Times-Picayune.

In an e-mailed statement, Clarkson said, "Less than a full-time newspaper is totally unacceptable to a world-class city, and obviously New Orleans is on its way to becoming a world-class city again!"

Clarkson's statement follows the announcement of layoffs of 200 newspaper staffers.

Here is the remainder of Clarkson's statement:

"It is with deep regret that I have to write this after speaking with Mr. Mathews and Mr. Amoss, but I find it hard to discuss the situation with friends, family and colleagues (from across the country), who all agree that not having a daily paper will hurt our city's image.

As I discussed with Mr. [Ricky] Mathews and Mr. [Jim] Amoss, we are allowing a generation of young people to be without the opportunity to further the art and profession of journalism - known for having created some of the greatest professionals of our country.

Being the city that produced William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, New Orleans should never want to be a city without "print."

I strongly urge Mr. Mathews, Mr. Amoss and Advance Publications to reconsider their decision to reduce the number of days the Times-Picayune will be printed and circulated. Thank you!"

It is not clear from Clarkson's statement when or where she met with Mathews, the paper's incoming publisher, or Amoss, a Times-Picayune editor.