A Forceful Voice About a City's Survival

DeBerry, Jarvis
September 2007
Nieman Reports;Fall2007, Vol. 61 Issue 3, p32
The article focuses on writing about New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. The article states that a journalist assigned with a new topic is expected to be an instant expert and a quick study, but if the subject is New Orleans, the journalist will admit that instant expertise is impossible to attain. Knowing the peculiar history of New Orleans is not enough to cover a news story about it, but it is more important to acknowledge that the differences represent an acceptable way of being and comparing New Orleans to other places is an insult to its residents and an overlook of its charm.


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