Evangeline Doulens won the 2018 Greater New Orleans Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge with a plan for an app called Artist's Loft, which would connect artists to galleries. Sponsored by the Brees Dream Foundation and Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, the award came with $5,000 of continuing education funds for Doulens, who is a senior at Lusher Charter School. She will compete in the state competition March 23, during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
WWOZ-FM was honored with the 2018 Prestige Award for Station of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. New Orleans' 24-hour, commercial-free jazz and heritage music station has more than 100 volunteer hosts and presented 185 live music sets last year, according to General Manager Beth Arroyo Utterback. The association also gave nods to the station for its "WWOZ in the Schools" program, its coverage of second lines and its online interactive New Orleans music history map.
The Hayride, the Baton Rouge-based conservative website, reacted to The Times-Picayune letting go its longtime freelance columnist Robert Mann by mocking up an image of Mann as a street beggar with a sign saying, "Will Work For Food." Pure class. The Hayride also crowed that Mann had been "relegated to the flotsam and jetsam of the internet" — ironic for a website that advertises dubious diabetes "cures" and prints other sketchy claims.