New Orleans Times-Picayune

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.

 A Tobacco Card from 1887
Joseph Makkos / NOLA DNA

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a profile of Eliza Jane Nicholson, a small town poet who became the first woman publisher of a major metropolitan newspaper.


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

New News Habits In New Orleans

May 24, 2013
Bevil Knapp

A year ago today, news leaked that The Times-Picayune would cease daily publication, cut staff and focus on its website, NOLA.com. The paper and ink edition now hits doorsteps and newsstands just three days a week: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

History and tradition play an outsized role in New Orleans. So perhaps it is no surprise that The Times-Picayune’s move has led to a modern-day version of a relic of media history: the newspaper war.

Federal attorneys have subpoenaed The Times-Picayune's parent company for information about 11 commenters on the newspaper's website, as part of an investigation of posts there by two federal prosecutors.

The newspaper reports that company attorneys have objected thus far to providing the information, asking the government to explain why it's wanted.

The publisher of Baton Rouge's daily newspaper says it is gearing up for a move into the New Orleans market.

Beginning Oct. 1, The Advocate plans to begin delivery of a new New Orleans edition of the paper. The move comes shortly after a decision by The Times-Picayune, which is owned by Advance Publications Inc., to convert the 175-year-old New Orleans daily to a 24-hour digital news operation with a print edition only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Erin Krall / WWNO

As the Times-Picayune cutbacks are looming, other media organizations are examining what comes next for news in New Orleans. Several ideas are in play.

Erin Krall

Plans to continue the New Orleans Times-Picayune as a daily newspaper have taken a blow from its publisher. Advance Publications says it has no intentions of selling the paper.

It's time for the final spring edition of All Things New Orleans for 2012. On this week's program, we'll hear about the arts and hard news: a Texan visual artist, a French jazzman, and a disappearing local newspaper.

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