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Jul 2, 201211:42 AM
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Weekly Commentary with New Orleans Magazine’s Errol Laborde

The Times-Picayune Fiasco: What to Name a New Daily?

So far it is just wishful thinking, but a lot of people are thinking it: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a startup daily as the once grand Times-Picayune continues to devolve? (Last week some key employees who were offered jobs by the Newhouse gang turned them down. Rapidly the new operation is losing institutional memory.)
Here are some suggested names. If you have any ideas, let us know.
Rationale: I’ll confess, this suggestion came from a colleague. I like it in that it takes a swipe at Steven Newhouse’s insensitive use of the word “noise” to describe the reaction in New Orleans on the day that there was a round of firings.
Advantages: Any swipes taken at Newhouse, who is not only damaging local journalism but also embarrassing the city, are good and certainly worthwhile.
Disadvantages: We don’t need any links to Newhouse. Also, enough with the “NOLA,” we’re New Orleans.
Rationale: This is a throwback to an early French language newspaper that operated in the city. The name translates to “The Bee.”
Advantages: This is a good metaphor for a newspaper that creates a lot of buzz and has a lot of sting.
Disadvantages: Pronunciation of the name will get butchered in a town that stopped speaking French two centuries ago.
Rationale: Another throwback name referring to a spirited literary magazine that once operated in the city.
Advantages: It is a rather curious name and it does remind people that New Orleans does indeed have a literary heritage.
Disadvantage: Name sounds like something Jim Letten would want to keep an eye on.
Rationale: This is a playful acknowledgement of the word “picayune” which was a Spanish coin that was the original cost of the newspaper.
Advantage: If a copy does indeed cost a dollar there will be no confusion.
Disadvantage: I know, its kind of dumb—just thought I would mention it.
Rationale: This is a great name that refers to a people who over a decade had to withstand two damaging forces form the east; Katrina and the Newhouse gang.
Advantages: Revival also has a soulful gospel music connotation. It is a good word that speaks for all elements of the community.
Disadvantage: Only disadvantage is that there is one name that is slightly better and it is…
Rationale: Incorporates blasting out a message and the city’s Jazz heritage.
Advantages: Name is perfect for New Orleans. A trumpet can be a devise for fanfare, solemnity and joyful notice. Yes, noise, Mr. Newhouse.
Disadvantage: There is none.
Whatever the name, I have a suggestion for a slogan to describe the initiative. Maybe there should even be buttons printed:

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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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