Rising Tide 7: Media Mayhem and Parenting Predicaments

On Saturday, September 22, Rising Tide: A Conference On The Future Of New Orleans returns for its seventh year. It’s only a week away so GET YOUR TICKETS now!

This year’s hot topic is the local media – the unexpected and enormous changes at The Times Picayune, as well as the rise and struggles of local digital news media. Black and White and Red All Over: The Digital Future of the New Orleans Media Market features panelists that include Kevin Allman, Editor at weekly newspaper The Gambit, Robert Morris, News Director of neighborhood online news site Uptown Messenger, James O’Byrne, Editor and Reporter for The Times Picayune and Nola.com for over 30 years, Katy Reckdahl, Staff Reporter for The Times Picayune, and Jason B. Berry, writer of popular investigative blog American Zombie. The panel will be moderated by Peter Athas, Rising Tide’s veteran organizer and political blogger at First Draft.

There’s also two panels of specific interest to parents in New Orleans this year: Education and Parenting.

The Education Experiment: Petri Dish Reform in New Orleans and Louisiana will discuss the controversial topics of charter schools, vouchers, the future of public schools, and the experimental nature of our post-Katrina education system. Moderated by The Lens’ education reporter, Jessica Williams, panelists include Brian Beabout, an Assistant Professor of Education at UNO, Elizabeth Walters, writer, editor, and high-school teacher in St. Bernard Parish, Zack Kopplin, a student at Rice University working to make sure Louisiana kids will be able to get jobs after they graduate, Dr. Lance Hill, Executive Director of the Southern Institute for Education and Research, and Caroline Roemer Shirley, Executive Director Louisiana Association of Charter Schools.

This will be the first time Rising Tide is doing a parenting panel. Mardi Gras Moms & Who Dat Dads will feature Keith Spera of The Times Picayune’s The Paternity Test, Ashley Bond of NolaParent.com, and Andrea Dewenter of Pistolette.net. Moderator Bart Everson of b.rox.com will lead a discussion of the unique problems and benefits of raising children in New Orleans.

Other panels and speakers for 2012 include:

•    Lawrence Powell, “The Accidental History of an Accidental Book: How the author stumbled into the 18th century and post-Katrina New Orleans through the lens of her colonial past.”
•    Lolis Eric Elie: “At War With Ourselves: New Orleans Culture at the Crossroads… Again… And Again… And… ”
•    Oil & Water: Can Louisiana save its coastline and have a thriving oil industry at the same time?
•    Community or Commodity?: Is profiting from our culture also stifling its evolution?
•    Take This Job and Love It: What it takes to own a business in New Orleans.

The Rising Tide conference was created on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by the local blogging community to respond to the massive social, political, and cultural changes our city was – and still is – experiencing. Every year since it has addressed the complex issues facing New Orleans through prominent speakers and engaging discussion panels. Learn more about the history of Rising Tide.

BUY YOUR TICKETS now. See you there!

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