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interactive mediaOne of my favorite topics to discuss, quite frankly, is Louisiana’ technology industry , specifically the interactive or digital media industry.

 

In the 90’s, I wrote a technology column for the Baton Rouge Business report and occasional articles for the Times Picayune.  At the time, I also created and recorded weekday morning radio minutes on the local Bloomberg radio station, discussing technology and economic development.  One of the main themes was the lack of technology in Louisiana, the dearth of venture capital, and the lack of government involvement in helping the industry grow.

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kurt-weigle-new-orleans-dddSuper Bowl, Mardi Gras, rebuild, the Downtown Development District or DDD of New Orleans is buzzing, growing, and greatly transforming.

 

 

 

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louisiana-entertainmentIn my opinion, Chris Stelly might have one of the most fun jobs in Louisiana state government.  He is the Director of Entertainment for Louisiana Economic Development. 

 

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FirstFrameAs New Orleans braces for its magnificent holiday season followed by the mega-extravangzas of Sugar Bowl, Mardi Gras and this year, the super of the super, the NFL Super Bowl, there is one question on the mind of many tourists:  How is the New Orleans city and region economy doing since it is now seven Christmases ago from the season following Hurricane Katrina?

 

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Optimized-boycott-nola1last night i attended an informational forum entitled “public forum on journalism: where do we go from here?” at loyola university’s nunemaker auditorium. it was presented as a conversation with the public about the future of journalism.

while media insiders and new media fans were probably enthralled with what transpired, I don’t think it was the conversation that a lot of the people of new orleans were wanting.

 

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tp-logo2Ever since the Times Picayune announced its move to a major digital platform for its NOLA.com operation, the media community has virtually gone haywire with rumors, collaborations and announcements.

Times-Picayune announced it will be publishing three-times per week and virtually all its content will be online.

On Monday, the Baton Rouge Advocate announced it would enter New Orleans market with more than a spattering of news stories.

 

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