The Times distribution area includes twelve parishes in Northwest Louisiana and three counties in east Texas. Coverage focuses on issues affecting the Shreveport-Bossier market and includes investigative reporting, community news, arts & entertainment, government, education, sports, business, and religion, along with local opinion/commentary.
The Times website shreveporttimes.com provides news updates, videos, photo galleries, forums, blogs, event calendars, entertainment, classifieds, contests, databases and a regional search engine. Local news content produced by The Times is available on the website at no charge for seven days.
From 1895 to 1991, The Times had competition from the afternoon Monday-Saturday daily, the since defunct Shreveport Journal. The papers were later printed at the same 222 Lake Street address and shared opposite sides of the building but were entirely separate and independent of the other. Publisher Charles T. Beaird effective March 30, 1991, closed the Shreveport Journal for financial reasons stemming from sharply reduced circulation. Thereafter, the page opposite the editorial page of The Times, commonly called the op-ed page, was reserved as "The Journal Page" for editorial comment until December 31, 1999.
The Times sponsors political debates, economic summits, forums, leadership awards, and other community-oriented initiatives. The Times also provides community support through Gannett Foundation grants and community partnerships. For more than 30 years The Times "Joy Fund" has provided funds to charitable organizations during the holidays through donations provided by readers with funds exceeding $100,000 annually. In addition, The Times presents the Regional Spelling Bee and supports local events including the Red River Revel, Mudbug Madness, the State Fair of Louisiana, Boutique de Noel, among others. Support is also provided to the Shreveport Symphony, the Opera Guild, Sci-Port, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Alliance for Education, American Red Cross, Shreveport Green, Community Renewal, Providence House, and the United Way of Northwest Louisiana.
Main news (first section)
Food & Dining (Wednesdays)
Preview entertainment (Fridays)
Home & Garden (Saturdays)
Autos (Saturdays and Sundays)
Real Estate (Sundays)
Money & Insight (Sundays)
USA TODAY LIFE (Sundays)
Comics + TV Times (Sundays)
USA Weekend (Sundays)
Publications and websites
The Timesdaily newspaper
Preview weekly entertainment guide
shreveporttimes.com Online news and information
LSUBeat.com Online news and information on LSU sports
PrepsBeat.com Online news and information on high school sports
MoneySaver weekly shopper direct mailed with grocery/store inserts
Slice magazine monthly health news
Red River Moms magazine monthly parenting and child information
CareerBuilder Weekly weekly employment listings and career advice
Current and former staffers
Lane Crockett (b. 1941) -- Entertainment writer and theater/arts critics from 1977–2004
William Hawthorn Lynch (1929-2004) - sportswriter (1948), assistant city editor and political reporter, established the Baton Rouge bureau of The Times (1953-1965); state's first inspector general (1988-2004)
Margaret Martin (b. ca. 1940) - Society editor and columnist
James Ray "Jim" Montgomery (1945-2013) - former amusements editor, editorial writer, editorial page editor, and managing editor; worked in effort to preserve the Strand Theatre in Shreveport, authored Ladies and Gentlemen, The Strand in 2000; Minden native reared in Springhill, Louisiana