Tuesday, The Manship School held “Democracy, Media and History: Louisiana Politics vs. The Press.”
The forum examined the role of journalism in politics throughout history until now.
The five guest speakers were political journalists and historians Jeremy Alford, Laine Kaplan-Levenson, Dr. Alecia Long, Dr. Sharlene Sinegal-DeCuir, and moderator Dr. Jonathan Earle.
Together, they all shed light on Louisiana’s struggles through poverty, corruption, and natural disasters.
They emphasized the difference media made in all these struggles through the Huey P. Long era, to the Kathleen Blanco era, and to current politics.
The panel answered questions from the audience by focusing on the role of journalism in a democratic society.
They also touched on the constant change through journalism in this day of social media, especially in politics.
For example, some politicians no longer have press releases, but instead tweet out their thoughts straight to the public immediately.
The panel specifically focused on the impact journalism has had on politics throughout history and will continue to have no matter the changing world.
“It is not only a public good, but also sheds light on that history. So, to be able to take part in that, and to be able to talk about that in a public forum I think is the basis. It is that intersection where politics and government and journalism and public advocacy can all meet and coexist,” said the editor and publisher of LaPolitics.com Jeremy Alford.