The Society of Professional Journalists ushered in a new year of leaders for the 2016-17 year at the end of the 2016 national Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans. All SPJ members were allowed to vote on the six open positions.
September 20th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
FOIA champion David Cuillier wins SPJ’s highest honor
Dave Cuillier once drove about 48,000 miles in his car to “spread the gospel” of the Freedom of Information Act, according to his colleagues.0
September 18th, 2016 • 2016: New Orleans
Building from debris: ABCs of podcasting from New Orleans
It had been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, increasing in danger and wind speed like an imposing turbine in the skies, and flooding New Orleans. An estimated 1,835 people died, about 300,000 homes were destroyed and the damage reached over $96 billion in estimated costs. In 2015, when the historic 10-year anniversary approached, Eve Troah, the news director for the New Orleans NPR affiliate WWNO, decided it was time for a podcast to reflect on how the catastrophe had changed and shaped her community.