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A look back at Louisiana’s news media history and the first female publisher of a major newspaper

Two men stand next to a stack of newspapers in New Orleans, La. in an undated photo.
Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection 
Two men stand next to a stack of newspapers in New Orleans, La. in an undated photo.

Newspapers have shaped the rich history of Louisiana for hundreds of years. On today’s Louisiana Considered, we’re joined by two experts at The Historic New Orleans Collection to discuss their upcoming event “Above the Fold: The History of Newspapers in Louisiana.”

Plus, we’ll hear the story of a female newspaper publishing pioneer. Eliza Jane Nicholson was a small-town poet born in the 1840s in Mississippi who would go on to become the first female publisher of a major metropolitan newspaper, The Picayune in New Orleans.

Later, Gulf South home energy bills have spiked this year. Stephan Bisaha, a reporter with the Gulf States Newsroom, looks at who’s to blame when power bills go up.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Alana Schreiber. Our assistant producer is Matt Bloom and our engineer is Garrett Pittman. 

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12 and 7 p.m. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.
Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is also the voice of Baton Rouge's local news every afternoon during All Things Considered.