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Jan 20, 201310:45 PM
The Editor's Room

Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

The Times-Picayune Fiasco: Nagin Case Shows Why We Need a Saturday Paper

Last week provided a stellar example of why we need a Saturday newspaper. The Friday indictment of Ray Nagin was a perfect day-after newspaper story. There were many details involved in the 21 counts of the indictment. A newspaper, read in the leisure of a Saturday morning, would have provided an opportunity to explore them.


Now the Newhouses will say we could have read it all on NOLA.com, but it is not the same thing. Websites are good for quick reads but not for examining in detail. Broadsheet newspapers are far superior for laying out the many angles of a story. 


There was comprehensive coverage in the Sunday T-P, but by then the story was two days old. The T-P has talented reporters, such as Gordon Russell, whose work would have been an anticipated must-read had there been a Saturday paper.


This will happen again with future indictments. (Many tend to come down on Fridays.) We’re also being denied day-of campaign coverage for Saturday elections as well as weekend sports news. (I wonder if attendance at various activities, such as Hornets games or theater performances, are being hurt by there being no paper on the day of an event.)


Curiously, New Orleans was the only major city where residents could not read about Nagin in a locally published Saturday paper. The story was distributed by all the news services; including AP, Bloomberg and Reuters, and appeared in Saturday papers throughout the country.


Fortunately there is The Advocate. Its Saturday edition is becoming more important every week.





Krewe: The Early New Orleans Carnival-Comus to Zulu by Errol Laborde is available at all area bookstores. Books can also be ordered via email at gdkrewe@aol.com or (504) 895-2266.



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The Editor's Room

Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde


Errol LabordeErrol Laborde holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans and is the editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing. In that capacity he serves as editor/associate publisher of New Orleans Magazine and editor/publisher of Louisiana Life magazine.

Errol is also a producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12. Errol is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club of New Orleans. He also received the National and City Regional Magazine Association Award for Best Column for his New Orleans Magazine column, beating out 76 city magazines across the country. In 2013, Errol received the award for the "Best News Affiliated Blog," awarded by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.




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