The New Orleans Media Series

onairA Series of Panel Discussions on the Fourth Estate in the City

Over the course of three months beginning in October 2010, the Louisiana Humanities Center hosted “The New Orleans Media Series: Journalism and Democracy in the City and Beyond,” featuring five panel discussions focused on the role of the Fourth Estate in the city.  The events were free and open to the public.

While employing examples from New Orleans’ past and present, the series  examined the effects of changing technological and economic models; media response to political and demographic shifts in audience; and the role of corporate and independently owned news outlets in shaping public dialogue and information. The panels convened scholars, journalists, and public officials to discuss landmarks in the evolution of the local media, with emphasis on the legacy of these changes and the larger context of national trends. The goal: to provide new historical context that informs public understanding of the media’s roles and responsibilities in a democratic society.


publicationOctober 6, 2010
Media and Democracy

Moderated by Dr. Robert MannLSU with Kevin Allman of Gambit Weekly,
Jason Berry of The American Zombie blog, and Campbell Robertson of The New York Times


paineOctober 20, 2010
Politics and Polarization in the Press

Moderated by Dr. Michael Sartisky, LEH with Peter Athas of the Adrastos blog,
Stephanie Grace of the Times-Picayune and John Slade of WBOK-AM


newsboyNovember 3, 2010
The Economics of Newspapers Today

Moderated by Jed Horne with Greg LaRose of New Orleans City Business,
Peter Kovacs of The Times Picayune, and Renette Dejoie-Hall of Louisiana Weekly

figaroNovember 17, 2010
FigaroFrench Quarter Courier The Lens 

Moderated by Jack Davis, formerly of Figaro, with Jeanette Hardy, former publisher of the Courier, and Steven Beatty and Karen Gadbois of The Lens


interviewDecember 1, 2010
African American Voices in the Media

Moderated by Warren Bell with David Thaddeus Baker of Louisiana Weekly and Gerod Stevens of WBOK-AM


About the Louisiana Humanities Center:

Located at 938 Lafayette Street in the Central Business District, the LHC is the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ state-of-the art learning center and meeting facility. Consisting of the Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium and several smaller event spaces, as well as an extensive collection of artwork from John T. Scott, the LHC seeks to serve as a nexus for non-profits and cultural organizations of New Orleans. For more information and booking, contact Brian Boyles at 504.620.2632 or