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04/09 - Legislative Preview 2009

What’s in store in the upcoming regular session?

With a $1.3 billion revenue shortfall in Louisiana’s general fund, the state could be facing drastic cuts in higher education and health services. But will federal stimulus money provide much-needed relief? Explore what’s in store in the upcoming regular session in the April edition of LPB’s award-winning public affairs show Louisiana Public Square. LPB President Beth Courtney and LSU Media Law Professor Craig Freeman are your hosts.

The Louisiana Forestry Association underwrites Louisiana Public Square.

Wednesday, April 22 at 7PM and Sunday, April 26 at 4PM

LIVE CHAT at 2PM on Thursday, April 23.

Backgrounder

When the Louisiana Legislature convenes on Monday, April 27th it will be facing quite a different picture than it did a year ago when oil was over $100 a barrel and the state was projecting state revenues of $9.7 billion. Due to lower oil prices and declining sales and corporate income tax collections, the state is facing a $1.3 billion revenue shortfall. Since 2009 is an odd-numbered year, the focus of this session will primarily be fiscal with most of the attention going to Governor Jindal’s proposed $26.7 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2009 and ending on June 30, 2010.

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     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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