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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Out To Lunch: Common Sense

Colin Grussing, Peter Kovacs and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Common sense is difficult to define. In business, people with unique and quirky ideas can run into a lot of negativity based on "common sense." Like the guys who decided that, at a time when newspapers are going under all over the country, they're going to launch a brand new daily newspaper in New Orleans. Crazy, right?

That newspaper is The Advocate. Its editor, Peter Kovacs, who was canned by the Times-Picayune in its business realignment to a 3-day-a-week paper, is Peter's guest on this episode of Out to Lunch.

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Media
6:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

An Old-Fashioned Newspaperman Takes The Helm In A Digital World

The Times is making headlines for more than just its change in leadership; an internal review, which leaked to the press earlier this month, was intensely critical about how the newspaper has adapted to the digital era.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 3:49 pm

The New York Times' new executive editor, Dean Baquet, took over just two weeks ago, yet he appears perfectly comfortable in his perch atop the worlds of journalism and New York. He smokes fine cigars to relax, wears elegant loafers and excuses his decision to keep his suit coat on during our conversation by saying that's just who he is.

But Baquet's identity is wrapped up in a city and a different reality more than 1,000 miles away.

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Latest News
3:57 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

New Orleans Native Dean Baquet Named Editor Of The New York Times

New Orleans native Dean Baquet replaces Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times.
Haxorjoe Wikimedia

New Orleans native Dean Baquet has been named executive editor of The New York Times. He is replacing Jill Abramson, who has been in the position for two and a half years.

The company didn't give a reason for the change.

Baquet, who received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988, has worked for the Times for seven years. He would be the first African-American to hold the newspaper's highest editorial position.

Baquet began his newspaper career in New Orleans at the The States-Item and later worked for the The Times-Picayune. 
 

Louisiana Eats!
12:03 am
Sat March 8, 2014

From The Newsroom To The Classroom: Food Media & Food Studies

Over the course of the past 20 years media coverage of food has expanded into a plethora of beats.
Credit Jessica Spengler / Flickr

Over the past twenty years, conversations about food have entered mainstream American culture. On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll hear how food has grown in the newsrooms and classrooms of American society with food writer Brett Anderson and professor Elizabeth Engelhardt.

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WRKF
6:47 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Louisiana Healthcare Journal Expands to Little Rock

Louisiana Healthcare Journal started in Baton Rouge, then launched a publication in New Orleans in 2011.

It has been publishing in Little Rock since November, and now the Baton Rouge-based enterprise is looking to move into markets farther afield.


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WRKF
3:40 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

The Advocate's Secret Weapon: A Speedy Press

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 9:30 am

It's sort of a fluke.

The Baton Rouge paper had been nursing its 1950s era letterpresses for years when it finally had to bite the bullet and invest in a new production facility. The speedy offset press came online in 2006, just as the country headed into a recession and the newspaper industry was tanking.

So when John Georges closed the deal to buy The Advocate in May, it came with one of the newest printing presses in the country.


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WRKF
11:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Interviews: Advocate Publisher John Georges, Business Report Publisher Rolfe McCollister

R.T. Scott talks with John Georges, the new publisher of The Advocate which is producing an edition to compete with the Times-Pic in New Orleans, and Rolfe McCollister, publisher of the Baton Rouge Business report, about what the changes mean for readers in Baton Rouge.

Audio will be available by approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11.

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Media
3:39 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Two Newspapers Battle It Out For The New Orleans Market

Free introductory copies of the Baton Rouge Advocate's new New Orleans edition are seen next to copies of The Times-Picayune at Lakeside News in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie in September. The Baton Rouge newspaper started its own daily edition to try to fill the void left when The Times-Picayune scaled back its print edition to three days a week.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 1:26 pm

Last year when New Orleans' main paper, The Times-Picayune, laid off dozens of newspaper employees and cut its circulation to three times a week, residents were shocked.

Sharron Morrow and her friends had bonded over the morning paper at a local coffee shop for the past 20 years.

"I've stopped my subscription, and I mourn the paper almost every day," she says.

Shifting Media Players

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WRKF
1:44 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Interviews: First Amendment Lawyer James Goodale

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 10:20 am

Jim talks with noted 1st amendment lawyer James Goodale about the recent scandal involving alleged Obama Administration members snooping on news reporters.

Author Holcomb Noble of his book, "Cheney's War Crime: The Reign Of A De Facto President"

P.R. pro Randy Hayden, representing the Louisiana Family Forum, talks about the group's "Over The Edge" rappelling event; part of a statewide campaign to promote adoption.

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Community
9:25 am
Fri May 24, 2013

New News Habits In New Orleans

A year later, these friends are still gathering to talk over the paper, but it's not The Times-Picayune. From left: Sue Paraski, Sharon Morrow, Eric Hartman, Joe Mole.
Credit Bevil Knapp

A year ago today, news leaked that The Times-Picayune would cease daily publication, cut staff and focus on its website, NOLA.com. The paper and ink edition now hits doorsteps and newsstands just three days a week: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

History and tradition play an outsized role in New Orleans. So perhaps it is no surprise that The Times-Picayune’s move has led to a modern-day version of a relic of media history: the newspaper war.

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