Monthly Archives: June 2016

Newspapers Team Up to Tell Stories with a Listening-First Approach

Journalists at and did something a few weeks ago they hadn't done much of before — they unveiled a project that they'd only just started: No big stories, no shiny presentations. They just had a question. What does it mean to be a girl in the South in 2016? They all knew how the project would come together with a traditional newsroom approach: experts, big issues, sharp profiles and a lot of adults talking about young people — not necessarily with or to them. Michelle Holmes, vice president of content for, wanted to know: "What would it look like if a lot of people just said, here's an opportunity to focus a collective voice on girls' experiences in the South?" FIND On June 6, and, two regional news organizations owned by the media company Advance, [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|

Tim Williamson, Idea Village Founder and CEO, Named President of NOLA Media Group

Idea Village founder and CEO Tim Williamson, a nationally respected business leader whose determination to expand economic and leadership opportunities for New Orleanians sparked an entrepreneurial renaissance in his hometown, has been named President of NOLA Media Group. Williamson replaces Ricky Mathews, who previously announced his intention to transition out of his role as NOLA Media Group president and help lead new initiatives with Advance Local, a group of affiliated websites and newspapers of which and The Times-Picayune are members.   "As a native New Orleanian, it's an incredible honor to be entrusted to carry the 179-year tradition of The Times-Picayune and into the future," Williamson said. "This is a time of extraordinary change in our industry and our region. But our core values remain the same as they have always been: to inform, engage, challenge and inspire [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|

Syracuse Media Group Wins 24 Awards in New York Associated Press Contest

The Syracuse Media Group won 24 awards in the New York State Associated Press Association's annual news competition. and The Post-Standard won first-place honors in 10 categories among markets with newspaper circulation from 45,000 to 125,000. The staff received the first place award for top digital presence and top enterprise reporting for coverage of Syracuse University's NCAA sanctions. The awards were announced Saturday at the AP annual dinner in Saratoga Springs. The winners from Syracuse were: First place - Chris Baker for Arts/Entertainment Writing: Why artists bypass America's musical epicenters to record in Armory Square - Glenn Coin and Michael Dupras for Illustration/Graphic: How much will it snow? - Marnie Eisenstadt for Feature Writing: From Holy Trinity Church to Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary - Matthew Fairburn for Sports Columns, for several pieces on the Buffalo Bills, including [...]

By | June 9th, 2016|

Two Writers Honored by the Society for Features Journalism

The Society for Features Journalism awarded two writers, Brett Anderson and Danielle Dreilinger, for their stories in the General Commentary Portfolio, Arts & Entertainment Commentary Portfolio and Features Series or Project. Brett Anderson took two first place prizes home, both revolving around the infamous food scene in New Orleans. The judge commented, “Is it possible to taste food just by reading about it? Not quite, but Brett Anderson made it almost seem that way.” Danielle's piece, entitled "Sean's Story: A New Orleans Senior Struggles to Graduate," won second place in the Feature Series or Project category. This powerful story gained the judge's attention through Danielle's documentation of a boy's struggle to stay "good" in a reputably "bad" neighborhood, while also working seven days a week to support his family. The judge remarked, “Danielle Dreilinger went beyond the statistics and humanized the trend of “bad [...]

By | June 9th, 2016|