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NOLA.com hires Ron Higgins

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SockPuppet, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Congrats to a good guy and a great writer.

  2. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

    Mentioned in the thread on his old job being opened.

    Also mentioned in another thread was the newspaper war going on between Nola.com/Times-Picayune and the Baton Rouge/New Orleans Advocate. So far, on the sports side at least, call it a win for Nola.

    The T-P hires Ron Higgins to come into the Baton Rouge market. On the other hand, to compete in the Saints market, the Advocate hired a guy who was a news reporter for the T-P. He's up against a solid and veteran Saints team from the T-P. The Advocate has two on its Saints team, the T-P has four.

    Who's doing better with that exchange? Sounds like edge, Nola, although they did cough up some cash to do it, apparently.

    That said, the Advocate has been hiring away a lot of respected T-P folks on the news side. But honestly, if you're winning the Saints and LSU coverage, you're winning the newspaper war, period, I'd say.

    Meanwhile, the Advocate fights back by becoming the "official" newspaper of the Saints and Pelicans:

  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Great guy. Great writer. Congrats to one of the good guys.
  4. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Did a search for Ron Higgins before posting this; sorry, Brian.
  5. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    Great hire. Congratulations, Ron.


    A guy you took to lunch at a pretty cool place in Memphis in spring 2010
  6. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

    No worries. Just pointing folks to the other thread to head off the next obvious question: "Will they replace him in Memphis?"
  7. albert77

    albert77 Well-Known Member

    Interesting development in the New Orleans newspaper war. As fans arrived at the Superdome today for the Saints-Falcons game, every seat had a commemorative section of the New Orleans Advocate. Inside was a story touting the "partnership" of the Advocate with the Saints and Pelicans. Tom Benson was vocal in his displeasure when the Times-Picayune cut back to three days, especially losing the Monday edition, and apparently this is his response.

    BTW, the section wasn't just a throwaway, either. Most of it was taken up by a long, well-written feature by Perryn Keys on Steve Gleason, the former Saints special teams favorite who has Lou Gehrig's Disease (and who looks like he's running out of time).

    EDIT: I missed the link Brian Griffin provided, so I'm a little behind. ::)
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