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Expanding Coverage: New Orleans Nonprofits Team Up to Bring More Content

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Expanding Coverage: New Orleans Nonprofits Team Up to Bring More Content

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When the New Orleans Times-Picayune cut its print schedule from seven days a week to three in order to cut costs, the city became the largest metropolitan area in the country without a daily newspaper. Many community members expressed their dismay over the announcement, wondering where they would turn for news. Some local media outlets--including nonprofits--stepped in to fill the gap. In July, the University of New Orleans announced it was creating a new nonprofit, multimedia newsroom in partnership with public radio station 89.9 WWNO FM. The New Orleans Reporter--and the online newsroom at neworleansreporter.org--was scheduled to launch at the end of this year, but the plan to produce original reporting was revised. The new plan for the site is to focus on building and expanding the reporting role of The Lens (thelensnola.org), another nonprofit news website based in New Orleans.

WWNO general manager Paul Maassen said the project was born from the decline of in-depth journalism. He said the situation at the Times-Picayune added a "sense of urgency" to "put our heads together."

The Lens, along with NolaVie, the region's nonprofit cultural and community website at nolavie. …

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