The Rising Tide Conference is an annual gathering for all who wish to learn more and do more to assist New Orleans' recovery. Leveraging the power of bloggers and new media, the conference is a launch pad for organization and action. Our day-long program of speakers and presentations is tailored to inform, entertain, enrage and inspire.
3 p.m. Battle to Save the Times-Picayne, Viewing & Discussion
Rebecca Thiemfounded the nonprofit dashTHIRTYdash to raise awareness about the changes at the newspaper and money for the hundreds of employees who lost their jobs. She subsequently wrote Hell and High Water: The Battle the Save the New Orleans Times-Picayune, about that battle and the forces roiling newspapers across the country, including the dozens owned by Advance Publications, longtime owner of the Picayune. Because of the role Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath played in the international recognition of thePicayune and its staff, and simultaneously in the decline of the newspaper’s once-vaunted financial performance, the storm is a major character in the book.