Feb 18, 201112:00 AM
Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans

Ch-ch-ch-changes

When I first started at my job, I edited New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles, which was monthly, and Louisiana Life, which was quarterly – 16 magazines a year.  A few months in, we took Louisiana Life up to six times a year – and then a few months after that, when everything started plummeting economically, we scaled back Homes and Lifestyles to twice a year. To make up for the 10 magazines a year I was losing, I took over as Web editor. It was a job I learned to love but one I never felt I could get a handle on.

There are days that I open the door to Ruby’s room intending to clean it, and instead, I just look at it for awhile, quietly shut the door and back away slowly because it’s so messy that I’m too overwhelmed to even start. (I do the same thing with my car.) That’s how I felt with the Internet – there was always more I could do, should be doing.

Jordan DeFrank, however, gets jazzed up by these possibilities. She has singlehandedly built our Twitter following to one of the largest in the city, makes our Facebook fun to read, stays on top of our Top Events and contributes some great blogs herself. That’s why I’m delighted to announce that she will be taking over as Web editor.

What will I be doing? I’ve gone back to the much more manageable (for me) world of paper – back up to 16 magazines a year, in fact. Renaissance Publishing recently acquired Acadiana Profile, which was started and run for many years by the Angers family, and I am honored to have a chance to work on such a well-established magazine and also cover such a rich and diverse area. On our most recent issue, I got to spend an entire afternoon fact-checking a story about boudin – that’s hard to beat, as jobs go.

Please go check it out and let us know what you think – and if you don’t already follow us on Twitter, you should. I think that encapsulates pretty well what we do here at Renaissance: We preserve the heritage of the state by purchasing one of the oldest regional glossy magazines in the country, and we tweet about it.

 

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Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans

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Eve is further proof, if any is needed, that New Orleans girls can never escape the city. After living here since the age of 3 and graduating from Ben Franklin High School, Eve moved to Columbia, Mo., where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Missouri School of Journalism and became truly, unhealthily obsessed with grammar.

She had originally intended to strike out to New York City and work in the cutthroat magazine industry there, but after Katrina, Eve felt a strong pull to return home, to her roots, her family, her waterlogged and struggling city – and a much more forgiving work atmosphere that would allow her to skip a routine of everyday makeup and size 0 designer label business suits and enjoy the occasional cocktail or three with an absurdly fattening lunch. She moved back home in January 2008 and lives in Mid-City with her two daughters, Ruby and Georgia; her stepson, Elliot; and her husband, Robert Peyton.

Eve blogs about the joys and struggles of living in post-Katrina New Orleans, the unique problems and delights of raising a child in such a diverse and challenging city – including her experiences with the public education system – and her always entertaining and extremely colorful family.

Eve has won numerous writing awards, including the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award for column-writing and Press Club of New Orleans awards for her Editor’s Note in New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and for this blog, most recently winning the award for "Best Feature Affiliated Blog."

She welcomes comments, advice, empty flattery, recipes, drink invitations and – most especially – grammatical or linguistic debates.

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