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!

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.

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. 

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 asks: what's your new year's resolution? What should the city's resolution be for 2015?

Happy New Year New Orleans! For a look ahead at 2015 in the city we’ve enlisted a special Listening Post guest, City Councilmember Jason Williams.

Williams says his personal new year's resolution is better time management.

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.

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. 

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? 

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!”

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? 

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.

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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