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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.