Author: Melanie Spencer

Supporting Houston Journalists One Cup at a Time

New Orleanians know what it’s like to face an epic storm and flooding. The New Orleans media knows what it’s like to do that, while also working around the clock to cover it and get essential, live-saving information out to the public. With that in mind, The Press Club of New Orleans partnered with Community…
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Local Media Meets with Communications Students at Loyola

Story and photos by Dannielle Garcia Loyola Student News Service Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication’s Studio A was the scene of introductions and exchanging of contact information as students used their best networking skills to try to secure internships from local media employers Nov. 14. Students of different years and majors interested…
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November Newsmaker: Examining the Criminal Justice System

Join the Press Club of New Orleans for its Newsmaker Series event in collaboration with Tulane University’s Criminal Law Clinic. Join us as we examine the components necessary to create and maintain a fair, effective and healthy criminal justice system in Louisiana and beyond – from the crafting and enforcement of laws to incarceration, rehabilitation, recidivism and…
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Third Thursday Happy Hour at Kingpin: April Edition

The Third Thursday Happy Hour at Kingpin is fast growing each month, with April being no exception. Members converged upon the Uptown bar on April 21 to mix and mingle over drinks. Journalists from several outlets as well as freelancers made up the majority of attendants, but a couple of education and communications members represented…
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Going Viral: Tips And Tricks for Contagious Content

By Gretchen Hirt Have you ever wondered what it would take for your organization or business to “go viral?” Or maybe you just want to increase your personal credibility and showcase your creativity by writing a blog or making a meme that everyone loves.  Let’s face it, we live in a social media driven world…
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Event Recap: Annual Press Club Halloween Party

On Oct. 22, the Press Club of New Orleans’ annual Halloween party drew more than 25 members. The convivial gathering was in the sunroom at Superior Seafood on St. Charles Avenue. Attendees enjoyed libations and a sampling of light bites, including fried green tomatoes topped with crab meat, crab stuffed fried mushrooms and pulled pork bruschetta. After considerable…
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In Memoriam: Shirley Schragl

A letter from Jeff Waller to the Press Club of New Orleans: Most of you are not old enough to remember my parents, Alex and Shirley Waller. I am writing this to inform you of my mother’s passing, as there are certainly still those around you that will remember our family. You may, if you…
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First Thursday Happy Hour at Molly’s at the Market kicks off

Press Club members converged upon Molly’s at the Market on Oct. 1 to kick off the new First Thursday Press Club Happy Hour. Former PNCO president and Times-Picayune environment reporter Mark Schleifstein regaled attendees with tales of past Press Club events and happy hours spent at Molly’s. The next happy hour is Nov. 5, the…
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‘Get The Name of the Dog’

A conversation about journalism and writing with Roy Peter Clark of the Poynter Institute By Melanie Warner Spencer There has never been a more exciting or more precarious time in the field of journalism. The demands of online offerings, reader’s short attention spans, reduced staffing and news outlets struggling to turn a profit are just a few of…
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