Your Wednesday news roundup

November 28, 2018

HOW THE FOOD TEAM AT THE TIMES-PICAYUNE TRANSFORMED ITSELF

Three veteran journalists turned food coverage at the New Orleans Times-Picayune from standard stories and reviews into a dynamic experience online and in person that better reflects New Orleans.

Where NOLA Eats launched in 2017, but Ann Maloney, Todd Price and Brett Anderson starting working together several years before after cuts and home print delivery reductions at the newspaper. Now, they maintain a Facebook group with more than 42,500 members and an Instagram account with more than 56,000 followers.  

It’s been a process of constant change, Maloney told Poynter, and one she decided she’d dive into.  

“I personally just decided that I wanted to stay in journalism, that I loved it, that I think it’s vital and important, and I also think that features journalism is vital and important,” she said.

EXPANDING JOBS: “Just what is Laurene Powell Jobs up to?” Recode’s Kara Swisher asks in a New York Times column. Powell Jobs purchased Pop-Up Magazine on Tuesday, adding to her roster of what Swisher calls “a panoply of the cool, hip and fresh in a mostly glum content industry.” Powell Jobs owns The Atlantic and Anonymous Content, which created the “Spotlight” film, and has made sizable investments in Ozy, Axios and Gimlet Media. What connects them? Swisher suggests that Powell Jobs left a clue in a statement about the Pop-Up purchase: they “foster empathy and a better understanding of the world.”

DEADLINES VS. STAT CLASS: Carmen Nobel of Journalist’s Resource (from the The Shorenstein Center at Harvard) compiled some do's and don'ts for journalists working with academics and vice versa. The compilation of tips reassures us that the long-running tension between the ivory tower and the news desk is alive and well. 

STILL REMEMBERING: The Baltimore Sun reports that from now until at least the end of the year, visitors to the Newseum in Washington, D.C., will have access to “Behind the News: A Deadly Attack on a Community Newspaper,” which memorializes five killed in the June shooting attack on the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

MISSISSIPPI DECIDES — FINALLY: The midterm elections have at last concluded, the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi, reports. From the story: “It should have been a slam dunk,” said John Bruce, who chairs the Political Science Department at the University of Mississippi. “We’re here because of the president and the national mood. And we’re here because Cindy Hyde-Smith has run a bad campaign. She has tripped over herself more than once.” 

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