Through a series of podcasts and magazine articles, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will focus on historic conflicts between powerful Louisiana political figures and the press. These case studies from Louisiana history provide a compelling entree into questions about the relationship between the press and the leaders they seek to hold accountable. A symposium at Louisiana State University will explore the themes of the project.
The council will partner with public radio station WWNO in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as LSU.
Louisiana Culturas Vista Magazine: Huey Long vs. the Media – online – Part of their multi-faceted “Media and Message” program linked to the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, “Huey Long vs the Media” tells the story of the Louisiana governor and US senator who used slander, legislation and even physical force to try and control the media and his messaging. This is the first article in a series to be published in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine examining the ways journalists in Louisiana have responded to periods of upheaval and change, and the challenges faced by local outlets today.