Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, The Lens will live-stream the eighth annual Rising Tide conference.


10 a.m.: Creating Community for Writers of Color: MelaNated Writers Collective

Moderator: Jarvis Q. DeBerry, editorial writer and columnist for Times-Picayune


  • Jewel Bush, writer
  • David Thaddeus Baker, associate/Web editor for The Louisiana Weekly
  • Kelly Harris, founder of Poems & Pink Ribbons, a writing workshop for breast cancer survivors and their loved ones
  • Gian Smith, artist and spoken-word poet

11:30 a.m.: Charter School Access & Accountability

Moderator: Scott Sternberg, attorney at Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer


  • Steve Beatty, editor of The Lens
  • Jaimmé Collins, attorney at Adams & Reese, which represents some charter schools
  • Marta Jewson, freelance journalist covering charter schools
  • Aesha Rasheed, board member of Morris Jeff Community School and founder of New Orleans Parent Organizing Network

I will live-blog this panel below.

1:45 p.m.: Presentation of the Ashley Award

2 p.m.: Keynote address by Lt. General Russel Honoré

3 p.m.: Beyond Tourism Beyond Recovery

Moderator: Charles Maldonado, The Lens


  • Kevin Fox Gotham, professor of sociology at Tulane University
  • Brice Miller, New Orleans jazz trumpeter and cultural engagement and public humanities specialist
  • Meg Lousteau, executive director of the Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents and Associates
  • Robin Keegan, professional planner at GCR Inc.
  • Mark Romig, president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation

Live video

Live blog of charter school discussion

Steve Myers

Steve Myers was editor of The Lens. Before joining the staff in 2012, Myers was managing editor of Poynter Online, the preeminent source of news and training about the journalism industry. At Poynter,...