Business & Economy,
June 14th, 2012
By Kevin Allman
On May 29, Times-Picayune reporter Danny Monteverde was covering the murder of Briana Allen, the 5-year-old who was shot to death at a child’s birthday party at Simon Bolivar Avenue and Thalia Street. Monteverde was tackling the delicate task of interviewing Briana’s family.
When the interview was over, one of the girl’s cousins said to him, gently, “I’m sorry about what’s happening to your newspaper.”
Today Monteverde lost his job.
He was just one of more than 200 Times-Picayune employees who were told today that their services would no longer be required as of Sept. 30. Eighty-four of the cuts came from the newsroom staff, which numbered 169 — a 49 percent cut.
Besides the newsroom slashing, the paper’s entire marketing department was fired save one person. All special sections employees, the library staff and human resources employees were also presented with severance papers.
No one from Advance Publications or Newhouse, the parent companies of The Times-Picayune, was on hand to deliver the news — leaving the job to the paper’s editors in brief individual meetings with those whom they supervised. The paper’s new publisher, Ricky Mathews, was not seen in the building.