MOSAIC NOLA:The Gentilly Project

Monday, October 31, 2005

What Good is a Drug Store with no Customers?

Despite all of the CIA leak coverage and Supreme Court Justice controversy New Orleans made the CNN headlines again today. Repair work of a Walgreen’s Drug Store in the Uptown District destroyed in the flood was the subject of the most recent news coverage. Last week the New Orleans coverage entailed little more than the re-opening of a famous coffee shop in the French Quarter. The fact that the media is limiting its coverage to efforts focused on the more prosperous areas of NO seems to indicate that the repairs necessary at the more poverty stricken residential areas are being ignored. With all of the short-term concerns mentioned in Prof. Jett’s 10/27 post regarding residential housing needs, the media seems to be more interested in the glamorous aspects of repair. Who is steering the eyes of the media and how can we influence them?


  • This is just like the US media. Focus on all of the pretentious things sugarcoating the situation in NO so it never looks like a big concern. We can’t have bush looking bad now. As if the media can do anything to repair his image anyway. I wish the media would just cover the news and stop filtering it. But as most of us know the media has never been about reporting the news in the country it’s always been about constructing the news; giving us what bush wants us to hear, or what they think we should hear. I guess they have to get paid too.

    By Blogger Mustafa, at 7:11 AM  

  • An important way to affect the media is to produce a newsworthy event and find a way to get it covered.

    This week in class (and in a blog post when I get the time, I'll discuss what we and others can do to refocus on where issues that need to be talked about, within the realms of Right & Recovery.

    By Blogger Quintus Jett, at 7:56 AM  

  • In addition, there are also some wonderful organizations that provide assistance on how to deal with the media. My favorite for how to's:

    Rapid Response sends emails to its members on a media happening, thoughts about the injustices or inbalances in the article, and actions that can be taken to remedy the media situation. Here's the site to get more info:

    By Blogger catamount, at 6:28 AM  

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