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President of NOLA Media Group to speak on future of journalism

Loyola press release - February 23, 2015

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication will present, “Digital Innovations and the Future of Journalism,” a lecture featuring Ricky Mathews, president and publisher of NOLA Media Group, parent company of The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com. Mathews will speak Thursday, March 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, on the third floor of Monroe Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Mathews will talk about how the innovations of the digital age are reshaping the news industry.

“We’re inspired by the chance to help solve problems in the community and to highlight our community’s remarkable accomplishments,” Mathews said. “The fact that we are in the midst of helping redefine how journalism will operate in a digital world makes it an exciting time to be in this business.”

What started as a summer internship for Mathews turned into a 27-year career at the Biloxi Sun Herald. His many roles included key positions in advertising, circulation, marketing and operations, culminating in being named president and publisher. In 2009, he became president of Advance Alabama, parent company of several Alabama newspapers. In 2012, he was named president and publisher of The Times-Picayune, and later in 2012 president of NOLA Media Group.

Mathews has received awards not only for his work but also for his leadership, including the Spirit of the Coast Award and the Award of Valor from the National Association of Minority Media Executives for his leadership efforts after Hurricane Katrina. He and his staff at the Sun Herald received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize gold medal for Public Service for the newspaper’s coverage of Katrina and its aftermath.

For more information, contact Sonya Duhé at 504-865-3450 or sduhe@loyno.edu.