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Red River Radio
9:39 am
Mon April 20, 2015

BP Oil Spill documentarian: 'Gulf is a factory'

The Gulf of Mexico is a factory. That’s according documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown who grew up in Mobile, Alabama.

Brown’s film “The Great Invisible,” explores the lingering impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster five years later. Eleven men died and more than 3 million barrels of crude spewed into the Gulf. Ferreting out the truth was a challenge for Brown whose 83 minute documentary airs today on PBS stations.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Ain’t No Sunshine: Deliberative Process

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:05 am

This is “Sunshine Week”, with media organizations and civic groups across the nation working to educate the public on governmental access.

Here in Louisiana, the House Appropriations Committee starts working through the proposed budget this morning, yet the budget bill, HB 1, didn’t appear on the legislative website till 4 p.m. yesterday. Meanwhile, the Associated Press asked state agencies for public records regarding worst-case scenarios for the $1.6-billion budget shortfall. AP was told no.

One reason? “Deliberative process.”

“That ‘deliberative process’, which applies only to the governor and only to his office, has been widely used by all the other state agencies,” says The Advocate’s Capitol Bureau chief, Mark Ballard.

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Red River Radio
9:11 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to honor Cokie Roberts

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 9:13 am

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has announced it will honor New Orleans native Cokie Roberts as its Humanist of the Year. Over the past 30 years, the award has been given out annually by the state’s humanities council as part of an effort to recognize the artists, authors and organizations making valuable contributions to the culture of the state.

The LEH’s Brian Boyles says NPR’s senior news analyst and ABC News’ political commentator was a perfect fit for the award.

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Coastal Desk
2:39 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Did The French Quarter Flood After Katrina? Yes, About Nine Percent Of It

A photo taken in the immediate days after Hurricane Katrina shows floodwaters on Canal Street, crossing into the French Quarter.
Richard Campanella

As NBC announces the 6-month, unpaid suspension of news anchor Brian Williams, controversy over the truth of many of his high-profile reporting trips continues.

While the scandal erupted related to questions about Iraq, in 2003, it has also brought into question Williams’ 2005 reporting in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Among other claims, Williams reported floodwaters around his French Quarter hotel.

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Community
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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Coastal Desk
1:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

WWNO's Jesse Hardman Interviews Nola.com's Mark Schleifstein

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune environmental reporter Mark Schleifstein.
Credit Nola.com

This fall a series of long form news pieces about Louisiana's coast have appeared in various national media.

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Red River Radio
9:43 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Shreveport 5th grader selected for national reporting gig

Samuel Davis of Shreveport proudly displays his press badge, after earning a spot this month on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 9:57 am

A Shreveport 10-year-old will pen news reports for the  national kid reporting program called Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Samuel Davis is among 32 budding writers selected to be on a news team that’s by kids and for kids. Davis, a fifth grader at A.C. Steere Elementary School, says his New York editor will guide him through the process, along with the other members of the press corps ages 10 to 14.

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Politics
7:47 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Big Money Planned For Louisiana Senate Runoff Election

Outside political groups are signaling they'll spend big money on political ads in a Louisiana Senate runoff, asking broadcasters there to set aside time for political ads to air after Election Day.

Senate Democrats' campaign committee has booked $1.8 million in air time for after Nov. 4. Its GOP rival has booked $2.8 million, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Under Louisiana's political system, if no one wins a majority of the votes on the first ballot, voters choose between the top two candidates.

Latest News
7:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Times-Picayune Closing Pressroom, Cutting 100 Jobs

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune says it will be closing the newspaper’s pressroom in late 2015 or early 2016.

The New Orleans paper will be printed in Mobile, Alabama.

The move will eliminate 100 jobs at the company, which prints and packages the newspaper.

NOLA Media Group, which operates the website and publishes the newspaper, says news and ad sales staffs will remain the same.

Its news staff of 165 includes 95 reporters. Fifty-seven freelancers also contribute to the website and newspaper.

Coastal Desk
11:09 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Coastal Rundown: The 2014 Society Of Environmental Journalists Conference

A sketch of a 9th Ward house by Francesca Lyman, Seattle journalist, sketch artist and Society of Environmental Journalists Conference attendee.
Credit Francesca Lyman

The 24th Annual Society of Environmental Journalists conference took place in New Orleans last week, bringing to town a few hundred environmental reporters, advocates, scientists, engineers, politicians and more.

Participants got out of the conference rooms to see the levees, bayous, marshes, sinkholes, refineries and rivers that all contribute to the complex region that is Louisiana’s Gulf coast.

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