The Advocate

John Pope And The Art Of The Obituary, Part II

Aug 16, 2019
Namealus

John Pope has built a reputation in New Orleans by writing about local luminaries and unsung heroes after their deaths. In this second and final installment of NolaVie’s profile of New Orleans’ pre-eminent obituary writer, Brian Friedman and John Pope discuss the life lessons that can be gleaned from writing about the dearly departed. 

John Pope And The Art Of The Obituary

Aug 9, 2019
Chris Granger

John Pope covered several different beats over more than 4 decades at the Times-Picayune. But he’s best-known as the city’s pre-eminent writer of obituaries. In this first installment of a two-part conversation, NolaVie’s Brian Friedman and John Pope discuss life, death, and the art of the obituary.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

New Orleans is officially a one newspaper town - and it's The Times Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate. 

In May, the Advocate purchased its rival news organization and now the two brands have merged. WWNO's Karl Lengel spoke with the paper's editor, Peter Kovacs.

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On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat with NPR's Robert Siegel, co-host of All Things Considered just ahead of his last day on air. Then, Jessica Rosgaard and The Advocate's Stephanie Grace discuss some unresolved issues in the state and in New Orleans as we move into the new year. 

And later, Dr. Eric Griggs joins us to discuss a couple of health concerns in the city. 

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat about National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week with representatives from Grace at the Green Light and the New Orleans Women & Children Shelter. Then, Jessica Rosgaard discusses the upcoming mayoral election with The Advocate's Stephanie Grace. 

And we'll share another story from Bring Your Own; a live story-telling series. 

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat with actress, Samantha Beaulieu and director, Lauren E. Turner, about MOJO: A Black Love Story & STRING; a double feature play presented by Southern Rep Theatre and No Dream Deferred. Then, the Advocate's Jeff Adelson discusses why thousands of Sewerage & Water Board customers were overcharged on their water bills in previous months. 

The Advocate's Secret Weapon: A Speedy Press

Jun 14, 2013

It's sort of a fluke.

The Baton Rouge paper had been nursing its 1950s era letterpresses for years when it finally had to bite the bullet and invest in a new production facility. The speedy offset press came online in 2006, just as the country headed into a recession and the newspaper industry was tanking.

So when John Georges closed the deal to buy The Advocate in May, it came with one of the newest printing presses in the country.


Last year when New Orleans' main paper, The Times-Picayune, laid off dozens of newspaper employees and cut its circulation to three times a week, residents were shocked.

Sharron Morrow and her friends had bonded over the morning paper at a local coffee shop for the past 20 years.

"I've stopped my subscription, and I mourn the paper almost every day," she says.

Shifting Media Players

The Advocate is Louisiana’s largest daily print newspaper, based in Baton Rouge. As of last week, it has a new owner.

Erin Krall / WWNO

New Orleanians are waking up for the first time without their Monday edition of the Times-Picayune. It doesn’t exist anymore. Some readers shared their thoughts on cutbacks taking effect at the paper, and if they’ll give a new venture a chance.

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