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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Meet the man who is digitizing thousands of old New Orleans newspapers

Posted By on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 12:22 PM

One of many pages scanned and posted at  NOLADNA.com by Joseph Makkos, this depicts what the paper imagined fashion would look like in the 21st century. - NOLADNA.COM
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  • One of many pages scanned and posted at NOLADNA.com by Joseph Makkos, this depicts what the paper imagined fashion would look like in the 21st century.

Anyone who's ever tried going through The Times-Picayune's newspaper archive knows that it can be frustrating and often tedious. The archived papers look like they were scanned with technology from the 1970s, and the archive's search feature is often inconsistent and can lead you down a rabbit hole of inaccurate results. For those who are doing research or are just fans of history, it can be an ordeal.

Thankfully, there is Joseph Makkos.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Advocate publisher John Georges speaks at Loyola University on "Media Wars"

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM

John Georges, publisher of The New Orleans Advocate, with Sonya Duhe, director of the Loyola University School of Mass Communication. Georges spoke on "Media Wars" in a talk at the university last night. - KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • John Georges, publisher of The New Orleans Advocate, with Sonya Duhe, director of the Loyola University School of Mass Communication. Georges spoke on "Media Wars" in a talk at the university last night.


Eighteen months after buying The Advocate and expanding the paper’s reach in New Orleans, publisher John Georges addressed a crowd of about 200 people at Loyola University’s School of Mass Communication last night. The talk was titled “Media Wars,” and Georges took more than a few swipes at his daily news competitor, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, but much of his speech was about how having a newspaper owner with no newspaper experience was a net asset rather than a debit.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Y@ Speak: gang colors

Posted By on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM


In this week's Y@ Speak, New Orleans goes to war. We remember those who fought in the battles of White Linen Night, newspaper printing schedules and Mike Ditka's wine, and Buffa's and Sidney Torres face off in court (kind of) and Sean Payton goofs on a balding Drew Brees. Elsewhere: Doug MacCash unveils a new rating system (and recovers from White Linen) and Rob Ryan goes to Wal-Mart.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cartoonist Walt Handelsman joins The Advocate

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

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Walt Handelsman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist whose work appeared in The Times-Picayune from 1989 to 2001 before he decamped to New York Newsday, will return to New Orleans to become staff cartoonist at The New Orleans Advocate.

The decision sounds like a sudden one, according to a press release from The New Orleans Advocate tonight:


Handelsman agreed to join The Advocate over the weekend, after attending Sunday’s New Orleans Saints game with the newspaper’s owners, John and Dathel Georges, General Manager Dan Shea and Editor Peter Kovacs.

“A few years ago at a Tulane art fair, I purchased a brass skeleton key on a chain created by talented local artist and close family friend, Juliet Meeks*,” Handelsman said. “I’m not much of a jewelry-wearing guy, but I’ve worn that key under my shirt every single day as a personal reminder to someday unlock the door and get back home.”

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Y@ Speak: feud season

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM


Sept. 23, 2013. We've lost count of the days of the Great Blog Wars. Our bodies weary from life in the trenches. Food and water in short supply. Hands and feet caked in mud. Our eyes blinded from constant rolling. Twitter is dead, and we killed It.

The Blog Men, @Editilla and @CBForgot, have left a scorched Internet. What remains of it following their endless pissing contest: Dr. John's dick jokes, amoebas, pedicabs, Costco caskets, a defiant Scott Fujita and a victorious Saints.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Politicos peddling the paper — the latest wrinkle in New Orleans' newspaper wars

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

In this screenshot of the new television ad campaign for The New Orleans Advocate, Jefferson Parish President John Young delivers a copy of the paper to a resident. Young is only one of several politicians who appear in the newspaper's TV campaign.
  • In this screenshot of the new television ad campaign for The New Orleans Advocate, Jefferson Parish President John Young delivers a copy of the paper to a resident. Young is only one of several politicians who appear in the newspaper's TV campaign.


If you haven’t seen The New Orleans Advocate’s new television campaign, you probably will soon. The brisk, clever ads emphasize the paper’s daily delivery schedule and feature local personalities — Archie Manning, Irma Thomas, Rita Benson LeBlanc, Andrea Apuzzo, the 610 Stompers — ringing a doorbell and handing copies of 
The New Orleans Advocate to a surprised homeowner. It’s all set to a jazzy soundtrack and the familiar Yat growl of Ronnie Virgets: “New Orleans is at ya do’ — seven days a week.”

But it’s not all chefs, musicians and sports figures. Among the familiar faces ringing the doorbell are several elected officials: Jefferson Parish President John Young and Sheriff Newell Normand; St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister; and New Orleans City Council Vice President Stacy Head.

“Business is good in Jefferson Parish!” Young says, handing the homeowner a newspaper, while Head announces, “Here’s the latest from the City Council!”

Most newspapers’ marketing departments — including that of The New Orleans Advocate — are completely separate from their newsroom operations. Nonetheless, using elected officials in ads for a newspaper is a new one on Kelly McBride, the house ethics expert at the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalism in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Advocate obviously has a competitive relationship with The Times-Picayune,” McBride told Gambit. “If the politicians join The Advocate in sharing that message, what does that say about The Advocate’s ability to critically examine those politicians?”

Not surprisingly, Advocate owner and publisher John Georges — who ran for governor in 2007 and mayor of New Orleans in 2010 — disagrees. At last weekend’s Rising Tide conference at Xavier University, where he was introducing keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, Georges told Gambit, “That ad is filled with New Orleans newsmakers, and that’s what the people in the ad are appearing as — they’re newsmakers.”

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: A Truckload of Ink

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 6:22 PM

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A newspaper newsroom is a perfect setting to have a large cast of characters reel off entertaining stories, banter and butt heads and delve into personal and professional intrigue. In Jim Fitzmorris’ A Truckload of Ink, the reporters’ and editors’ routine is upstaged when they are blindsided by the biggest story of the day: the drastic reduction of their own paper’s publishing and operations.

In the boisterous first half of Act 1, retiring editor Fintan (Bob Edes Jr.) regales reporters with a war story and shares a bottle of whiskey on his last day in the office. There are as many as 13 characters onstage as the younger reporters, most played by NOLA Project members, listen with one ear, attend to stories breaking at City Hall and chide their beloved colleague. There’s an air of nostalgia in Fintain’s tale as he talks about an era when public drunkenness wouldn’t necessarily disqualify a candidate for public office. Young political reporter Billie (Natalie Boyd) objects to traces of old-world political incorrectness, society pages writer Beatrice Bell (Leslie Castay) recalls one candidate’s cheap cologne, and contentious political columnist Bevin (A.J. Allegra) calls Fintan an old blowhard. Director Beau Bratcher so ably orchestrates the blitz of crosstalk, competing conversations and interruptions that at times it seems too quiet when everyone is listing to one speaker. Even though there are 14 characters, there is a clear sense of most of their personalities and how the changes affect them, and the entire cast helps make the workplace chaos convincing.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Advocate becomes the official newspaper of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM

The New Orleans Advocate, which expanded from Baton Rouge into the New Orleans market 11 months ago, is now the official newspaper of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, Advocate owner John Georges announced tonight at a reception at the Superdome, along with Tom Benson, owner of the Saints and Pelicans, and Saints co-owner Rita Benson LeBlanc.

The deal does not extend to naming rights to the New Orleans Arena, though Georges said there would be plenty of Advocate signage in the city's Superdome/Arena sports complex.

The partnership between two of New Orleans' wealthiest and most influential families drew a crowd of several hundred business leaders and politicos to the Bienville Club Lounge on the third floor of the Superdome, including most of the New Orleans City Council and Jefferson Parish President John Young, as well as Benson's wife Gayle and Georges' wife Dathel.

Most of The Advocate's New Orleans editorial staff was on hand as well, though editor Peter Kovacs said the newspaper and sports teams' partnership would not extend to editorial in any way, but simply be a marketing and promotional tool for both entities.

(Editorial will be involved in one immediate way; The Advocate plans to print a commemorative broadsheet edition this Sunday to mark the Saints' season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, and the paper's New Orleans staff has been told to show up at the Dome Saturday night so they can personally tuck 70,000 copies of the paper in the seats.)

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Y@ Speak: seasoning

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

"Area Man Wakes From Post-Football Slumber, Wears Dress, Runs"

What season is this? Football has seemingly replaced our collective brain matter, already. Schools are coming back to life. Barbie conventions are a thing. Big butts can kill you. Meanwhile, air conditioning units file for OT as fat chunks of rain "cool down" our heat-ravaged minds and bodies. Driven by madness, New Orleans takes to the streets in its last-ditch "festival" effort, wearing red.

As we melt away into whatever "season" appears between now and fall, let us reflect on a week of our city's insanity.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Y@ Speak: new beginnings

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM


Alter egos, doomed films, firings, deaths, zombies, new friends and friendly strangers, new publications, and moments of discovery — and disappointments (Mannie Fresh, hang in there. Vine gets better). This week's Y@ Speak is about our new leases on life, whether admitting you have a gutter punk problem or realizing you have paid too much for a pretty regular burger experience.

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