The University of New Orleans, which operates WWNO-FM, today announced revised plans to support a collaborative, nonprofit multimedia news operation, expanding the reporting role of The Lens and increasing the NPR affiliate’s focus on news and cultural information. The new plan shifts the effort from creating NewOrleansReporter.org and its newsroom to building on the established expertise, brand and platform of The Lens, at TheLensNola.org.
After driving up South Carrollton Avenue through the major intersections of Claiborne Avenue, Earhart Boulevard and Canal Street, I watched drivers struggle at each four-way stop without traffic signals. Certainly, the New Orleans Police Department had better things to do in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac than direct traffic.
East bank residents of New Orleans City Council District C are holding their own town-hall meeting tonight regarding the city’s proposed 2013 budget after Mayor Mitch Landrieu departed from previous years’ practice and decided not to hold such a meeting in their area. In each of the past two years, Landrieu has held seven community forums to ask for residents’ suggestions on the budget: one in each of the five council districts, with an extra one each in District C, which spans the Mississippi River, and District E, which includes the Lower 9th Ward and eastern New Orleans.
In response to unprecedented changes sweeping the New Orleans journalism landscape, a forum is being held Wednesday night at Loyola University to ask community members what kind of news and information they want and how they want it delivered. The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m., preceded by a reception at 6:30.
New Orleans City Council members said Thursday they will more closely monitor the spending of the Algiers Economic Development District, which benefits from about $1.5 million annually in financial support from the city. The remarks came during a joint meeting of the council’s Budget, Audit and Board of Review committees.