The Listening Post

The Listening Post is a community media project that aims to start a conversation about local news in New Orleans. Every week on our radio segment we talk about issues ranging from healthcare to WhoDat, tattoos to transportation.

Listeners can both contribute thoughts and commentary about important issues in their neighborhoods, and also receive important local news and information.

How does it work?

There are two ways to participate in the Listening Post project.

1. We have a Listening Post recording device at Norman Mayer Library in Gentilly where you can answer our questions of the week. Questions solicit opinions about jobs, housing, health care, safety, development and other essential topics. We listen to the recorded answers every week, and share some of the best answers on the radio.

2. We have created a text messaging service that also seeks to connect with local voices by asking questions and sharing information on a weekly basis. Every week we send out a text message survey about a local news issue, and then share the results on the radio. If you would like to participate in our surveys and receive important local news bulletins, text the word "hello" to the Listening Post phone number: (504) 303-4348.

News and information is an essential resource, just like food, housing, and water. The Listening Post is a project that seeks to meet people in person, in their own neighborhoods, and invite them to both consume and contribute information about important issues happening in New Orleans. Our goal is to listen to people and help them get informed about things that matter most in the city.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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4:07 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Listening Post South Of The Border

Protesters in Mexico City demanding government answers concerning the deaths of 43 college students.
Credit EPA

Last week I had the opportunity to leave one country deep in protest, the US, for a country in an even bigger state of unrest, Mexico.

Organizers for the 10th annual Encuentro Internacional de Periodistas, part of The FIL a massive international book fair (focused on Latin American authors) held every year in Guadalajara,  invited me to give a talk about the Listening Post project.

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7:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Have You Ever Been To A Protest In New Orleans?

About 300 people gathered in New Orleans to protest police brutality.
Mallory Falk WWNO

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post asks: have you ever been to a protest in New Orleans?

From New York to Hong Kong, Mexico City to Ferguson, Missouri, people around the world are gathering to protest. 

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7:05 am
Thu November 20, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What's Your Side Hustle?

A listener texted us this picture of a classic side hustle: bartending.
GroundSource

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post asks: what's your side hustle? What do you do to make extra cash? 

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1:10 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Are You Going To Vote?

The Listening Post wanted to know:

  • Are you going to vote? Why or why not?
  • When was the last time you voted?
  • What issues are most important to you this election?

As usual we sent out a text message with our questions. Here's what we heard back:

“Yes, because it is my civic duty.”

"Yes, it is a basic right to vote for representatives in our Democracy!”

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7:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What's Your Favorite Art In New Orleans?

The Prospect 3 biennial will exhibit art at venues across the city, including Delgado Community College.
Kate Richardson

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week, in conjunction with the opening of the Prospect 3 art biennial, the Listening Post asks: what's your favorite art in New Orleans? What do you have hanging on your walls at home? 

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7:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Many Dollar Stores Are There In Your Neighborhood?

Dollar store business is booming across the country and in New Orleans.
Jesse Hardman

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post team asks: do dollar stores reflect the economy where they are built, or do they drive the economic identity of the area? 

If you add up the Dollar Generals, Family Dollars, Dollar Trees, and throw in ten or so Save-a-Lots, you’re pretty close to 100 or more dollar-type stores in the New Orleans area.

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9:37 am
Mon September 15, 2014

A Public Radio Station Tunes In To A City’s Innermost Thoughts

Two residents offer their thoughts on violence in New Orleans at City Park.
Credit Bryan Tarnowski / Internews

The Listening Post — a partnership between Internews and WWNO focused on starting conversations about topics important to New Orleanians, especially in communities often ignored by the media — was featured in a story by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

"It’s a way to cover news that isn’t news, but is actually the most important news," says Eve Troeh, a fellow co-founder and the news director at WWNO. "It’s something that transcends a daily news peg and allows us to have conversations."

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7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Should We Commemorate Hurricane Katrina?

Local advocacy group Levees.org has been working to install official historical plaques at places where the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina.
Kate Richardson

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 

Like a lot of New Orleanians, Wayne Benjamin understands that after 9 years, some people are ready to stop talking about the storm.

"But for others, it’ll never be something that goes away, and I guess it depends on where you’re at as a person and what you’ve lost" he says.

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7:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What's Your Experience With Violence In New Orleans?

Family members and neighbors of the victims have put up a memorial in front of the house where the shooting took place.
Jesse Hardman

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is, once again, violence in New Orleans.

On August 10, 2014, two people were killed and five were injured in a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward. Two children were severely wounded in the incident

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7:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Have You Been Tested For HIV?

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the high rate of HIV infection in Louisiana.

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