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Why print still matters

Posted: June 4, 2012 | Tags: Connected

Today's Save-the-Times-Picayune rally in New Orleans is another in a series of efforts to draw attention to the plight of the city's paper. Advance Publications announced it will publish the print edition only three days a week starting this fall and will focus more effort on its online site.

As we reported in March in our Connected project, the digital divide is now about income more than access. And for the many Times-Picayune readers who don't have or cannot afford Internet service, this translates into more people being less well-informed. Orleans Parish has 40 percent to 60 percent broadband subscription rates, and Louisiana is ranked 44th out of 50 states in terms of broadband subscription, with 51 percent of residents subscribing.

The New Orleans data show that wealthy, white areas of the city have subscription rates of between 80 and 100 percent, while African American communities, such as those in the Lower 9th Ward, have broadband subscription rates of between 0 and 40 percent. We created a customized map for the Lens, a fellow nonprofit news organization, to show our data for the greater New Orleans area. 

 

The New Orleans data show that wealthy, white Uptown New Orleans has subscription rates of between 80 and 100 percent. The Lens noted that African American areas such as the Lower 9th Ward have broadband subscription rates of between 0 and 40 percent.

 

The New Orleans data show that wealthy, white Uptown New Orleans has subscription rates of between 80 and 100 percent, and suburban areas such as Metairie and Belle Chasse are similarly well served. Meanwhile poorer, more African American areas such as the Lower 9th Ward have broadband subscription rates of between 0 and 40 percent.

The New Orleans data show that wealthy, white Uptown New Orleans has subscription rates of between 80 and 100 percent, and suburban areas such as Metairie and Belle Chasse are similarly well served. Meanwhile poorer, more African American areas such as the Lower 9th Ward have broadband subscription rates of between 0 and 40 percent.




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