ROUNDUP: New Orleans journalists mourn death of broadcaster Nancy Parker

Photo Above: Broadcast journalist Nancy Parker died on Aug. 16 in a plane crash in New Orleans.

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CONDOLENCES: Nancy Parker, a broadcast journalist at WVUE TV in New Orleans, died Aug. 16 in a plane crash in New Orleans. Her co-workers had to cover the crash as they were learning of Parker’s death, reported.

CONDOLENCES: Longtime Mississippi journalist and governmental affairs consultant Wayne William Weidie, 78, died Aug. 15, in Venice, Florida, Y’all Politics reported. Weidie was the former publisher and editor of the Ocean Springs Record and the Gautier Independent, both Mississippi newspapers.

CONGRATS: Michelle Ferrier, founder of TrollBusters, has won an award for founding the organization that combats online harassment of journalists.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Education awarded Ferrier the Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award.

Ferrier is also dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College.

CONGRATS: Cartersville, Ga.’s The Daily Tribune News takes home 27 awards in Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

LEGAL SERVICES OFFERED AT LOCAL LEVEL: With the support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Reporters Committee is expanding to provide direct legal services to more journalists at the local level. For the first time in our 50-year history, multiple Reporters Committee lawyers will be based in different locations across the country to support local enterprise and investigative journalism.

LOOKING FOR IDEAS IN LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING? The Society of Environmental Journalists published a Tip Sheet to report locally about mosquito control and the possible environmental implications.

APPLY FOR TRAINING: National Press Foundation hosts workshop on local government reporting [US], Dec. 8 to 12, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Participants will learn about accessing and localizing federal datasets; putting the impact of the federal government into context for their readers; covering Congress and the White House from afar; tracking campaign money; using fact-checking, community engagement and solutions journalism; making the most of TV appearances; and maximizing their iPhone as a tool.

NPF will cover travel, lodging and most meals during the five-day program. Twenty spots are available. The deadline is Oct. 4.


The Commercial Appeal newspaper has hired five new journalists to cover Memphis, Tenn. Ariel Cobbett, Sam Hardiman, Ray Padilla, Alexa Imani Spencer, and Laura Testino.

Joy Barge started a new position as Journalist/Producer at WABE FM 90.1 Atlanta (NPR)

Maryam Farooq begins a new position at CNN as an editorial review assistant.

Michael Hebert is starting a new position as a staff writer for the Florence, Ala. Times Daily newspaper.

Jordan Lawrence has been named managing editor for Columbia, SC Free Times.

Jennifer Portman has been named enterprise editor for USA Today.

Joshua Replogle starts a new position at CNN as a journalist based out of Washington, D.C. Replogle comes from the Associate Press in south Florida.

Tori Whidden starts a new position as a research assistant at Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida.

AFFILIATED: The University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism has a new affiliation with the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. The school’s Reese News Lab will work with the society to address a dearth of journalists of color doing investigative reporting.

INTERNSHIPS ANNOUNCED: Kaley Lefevre is starting a new position as a digital news producer intern at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

STUDYING JOURNALISM: New Orleans, La. high school students will learn the ropes of journalism through after-school JRNOLA program.

STUDYING JOURNALISM: The National Press Club has chosen Edna Anne Rutland as the winner of its 2019 Diversity Scholarship Award. Rutland, who graduated this year from Central High School in Macon, Georgia, will use the scholarship to study journalism at Florida A&M University.

STUDYING JOURNALISM: Four Brownsboro High School — Texas students have been named to the 2019 University Interscholastic League – Interscholastic League Press Conference All- State Journalism Staff

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