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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Listening Post NOLA
9:26 am
Thu April 16, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: Preservation And/Or Development?

This historical building on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard is currently occupied by a church organization.
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 the Listening Post examines the role of preservation in New Orleans. How does it work with and against development? Who decides what's worth preserving? And why does it matter? 

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Listening Post NOLA
8:36 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Listening Post Question Of The Week: How Would You Transform A Vacant Building In Your Neighborhood?

Blight affects most neighborhoods in New Orleans. We want to know how you would develop vacant properties in your area.

Last month the city council approved plans for a Cuban restaurant to occupy a vacant gas station on the corner of Rampart and Esplanade. The development has been controversial from the get-go, as some neighborhood residents contend that the restaurant will bring unwanted traffic and noise to the quiet end of the French Quarter.

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Listening Post NOLA
9:02 am
Thu April 2, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: Do You Worry About Coastal Erosion?

Saltwater intrusion has killed many cypress trees in the swamps of southeast Louisiana.
Listening Post

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 joins forces with WWNO's Coastal Desk to present the Listening Coast. How do residents of southeast Louisiana feel about and plan for their uncertain future? 

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Listening Post NOLA
2:05 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: Where Do You Spend Time Outdoors In New Orleans?

We asked you to text us a picture of your favorite outdoor spot in New Orleans. Here's what you sent!

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 gets some fresh air. What do people do outdoors in New Orleans? Where would you add a park in the city?

It’s spring, and a lot of New Orleanians are headed to City Park, including the overgrown area that used to be a golf course before Hurricane Katrina.

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Coastal Desk
12:53 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Coastal Rundown: The Wetlands Youth Summit

A favorite image of the coast sent in by a Wetlands Youth Summit participant
Listening Coast

Earlier this month, the Wetlands Youth Summit took place at the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center in Houma, Louisiana. High school students interested in the challenges gulf coast communities are facing came together to learn from each other, and talk solutions.

The #ListeningCoast teamed up with the summit to see what these teenagers are most concerned with, and whether or not they see themselves living on the coast later on down the road.

Here’s what people wrote in via text:

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Coastal Desk
1:39 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Coastal Rundown: The Listening Coast

A photo sent into the Listening Coast by one Houma resident of a favorite place on the bayou.
Credit Listening Coast / WWNO

WWNO’s Listening Post community media project has mostly covered issues related to New Orleans. But WWNO’s signal reaches far beyond the city, and we want to explore what people along the Louisiana coast are thinking.

Naturally, our expansion is called the Listening Coast, and it has its own number: Text "hello" to 985-200-2433 (or call and leave a voicemail!) to get in touch.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:38 am
Thu March 5, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: What Have You Cut Out Of Your Budget?

Governor Jindal recently announced his budget recommendations for the next fiscal year.
http://doa.louisiana.gov/

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 examines Governor Bobby Jindal's recently released budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year

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Listening Post NOLA
7:11 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: What Are You Giving Up After Carnival?

Many in New Orleans attend Ash Wednesday services the day after Mardi Gras.
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 atones for the excess of Mardi Gras by asking people what they plan to give up for Lent. 

If you’re religious and a Catholic, you might observe the 40 days of Lent, which starts the day after Mardi Gras. Gregory Aymond is Archbishop of New Orleans. He's seen his fair share of bleary-eyed Ash Wednesday service attendees. 

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Listening Post NOLA
1:56 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: What Do You Think Of The School Choice System?

The cover of the eighth edition of the New Orleans Parents’ Guide to Public Schools.
Credit New Orleans Parents Guide / NewOrleansParentsGuide.org

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 explores School Choice and the school application process. 

Applications to New Orleans public and charter schools are due this month. Under the school choice model kids aren’t assigned to the school in their neighborhood. They apply to schools across the city,  and a computer system places them.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Thousands of people in New Orleans seek refuge at shelters like the New Orleans Mission.
Jesse Hardman 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 explores homelessness in New Orleans. Where did you sleep last night?

Last June, First Lady Michelle Obama announced an initiative to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. 

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