LHC Media Panel Part 1

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Louisiana Humanities Center will host The New Orleans Media Series: Journalism and Democracy in the City and Beyond, featuring six panel discussions focused on the role of the Fourth Estate in the city. The series will run on a bi-weekly schedule, with each panel beginning at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

While employing examples from New Orleans’ past and present, the series will examine 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 will convene 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 overarching goal of the series is to provide new historical context that informs public understanding of the media’s roles and responsibilities in a democratic society.

The first panel will feature Kevin Allman of Gambit Weekly, Jason Berry of The American Zombie blog, and Campbell Robertson of The New York Times, with Dr. Robert Mann of LSU’s Manship School as moderator. The second panel will feature Peter Athas of the Adrastos blog, Stephanie Grace of the Times-Picayune and John Slade of WBOK, with Dr. Michael Sartisky of the LEH as moderator.

Schedule of Panels:

Oct. 6 – Media and Democracy, moderated by Dr. Robert Mann, LSU

Oct. 20 – Politics and Polarization in the Press, moderated by Dr. Michael Sartisky, LEH

Nov. 3 – The Economics of Newspapers Today, moderated by Jed Horne

Nov. 17 – Figaro, the French Quarter Courier, and the Lens, moderated by Jack Davis

Dec. 1 – African American Voices in the Media, moderated by Warren Bell

Dec. 15 – Live at 6: Local Network News, moderator to be determined.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. For media inquiries, contact LHC Program Director Brian Boyles at 504-620-2632, or boyles@leh.org. For more information about the Humanities Center, visit www.leh.org.

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