First review of the book, in Louisiana’s The Advocate

The Advocate, the former Baton Rouge newspaper acquired by New Orleans billionaire AdvocateAppIconJohn Georges, who has continued its fledgling expansion into New Orleans in a big way, is a supporting character in my book, and by anyone’s admission, far from an objective observer in the New Orleans media landscape. That’s no doubt why the daily newspaper went to Andrew Burstein, LSU’s Charles B. Manship Professor of History, and commissioned him to review my book.

Burstein, a noted Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson scholar, tells me in an email that, “My main attachment to Louisiana politics and culture is of the era when Thomas Jefferson was weighing the strategic significance of the Mississippi River. I could read your book with objectivity because I had no idea who any of the players were, many of whom now work at the Advocate.”

“Rebecca Theim, who worked for the paper from 1988 to 1994 and now lives in Las Vegas, narrates the story of the paper’s demise with clear compassion and in journalistic detail — while wielding a pen as mighty as any sword … This is a book with attitude.”

LSU historian Andrew Burstein’s review of
Hell and High Water

You may read the remainder of the review by clicking here.

Via Poynter, my take on post-daily newspaper mediascape in NOLA, Alabama

I freelanced a lengthy (for the Web, but nothing after writing a book) take on the fractured media landscapes at The Times-Picayune and the three Advance Publications’ newspapers in Alabama.

You may read the report by clicking here.

WYES-TV’s “Informed Sources” Calls Out Hell and High Water

Thanks so much to Errol Laborde, producer of New Orleans PBS affiliate WYES-TV’s WYES_InformedSources“Informed Sources,” for his complimentary call-out Friday of Hell and High Water and noting it will be available near the first anniversary of the changes at The Times-Picayune, Oct. 1, 2013. (Errol’s kind words begin at 26:10 in the show’s replay available at this link.)

Hell and High Water Launch Party: Friday, Oct. 18, New Orleans’ Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 5-7 PM

Rock ‘n’ Bowl proprietor John Blancher has again graciously extended the Imagehospitality of his iconic venue to those who loved the daily Times-Picayune by agreeing to host my launch party on Friday, Oct. 18, 5-7 PM CDT. Come out, raise a glass, have a bite to eat and buy a book!

Hope to see you then!

First Hell and High Water interview – on Nevada Public Radio’s “State of Nevada”

My current home of Las Vegas is having its own newspaper woes with the internal squabbling within one of the region’s wealthiest families, putting itsImage #2 newspaper in peril. I joined a panel of Las Vegans and media industry experts to talk about the role of the daily newspaper in the civic common and what it may mean for Sin City if it becomes a one newspaper town.

You may listen to an archive of the broadcast, which aired Aug. 23, at this link.