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Panelist Bio


Whitney Breaux


Whitney is a Marketing Assistant with a financial education firm specializing in “new media.” She is also a very recent graduate of the Manship School of Mass Communication with a degree in Political Communication and minor in Business Administration.

Whitney served as the press secretary for the S.O.S.-Save Our Schools campaign comprised of students fighting to eliminate the proposed budget cuts to higher education. S.O.S. utilized blogging and social networking sites to expand its message to colleges, universities and the community. Her past work experiences also include managing “new media” accounts for political candidates.

While a student at LSU, Whitney remained active in Student Government, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and the Leadership LSU Class of 2009. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys volunteering with local organizations, studying the world of politics and watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her future plans include obtaining a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a juris doctorate.

Whitney is a life-long resident of Baton Rouge and graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School in 2005.

Current Topic


     05/18 - News About the News

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? What role has the downsizing of traditional media played in creating a gap in coverage and possibly, community trust? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? And, how can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “News about the News” airing Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, May 22)

Our panelists are:
• Len Apcar, Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy, LSU Manship School
• Jarvis DeBerry, Deputy Opinion Editor, New Orleans Times-Picayune
• Peter Kovacs, Editor, The Advocate
• Lance Porter, Director, LSU Social Media Analysis & Creation Lab

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and journalist and political historian, Bob Mann moderate the discussion. The program features interviews with Michael Henderson, director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab; Ray Pingree, Associate Professor wth the LSU Manship School of Communication; John DeSantis, Senior Staff Writer for The Houma Times and Judi Terzotis, president of The Advocate.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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