Data News Weekly 58th Anniversary

Data News Turns 58...Giving People News They Can Use

Glenda Bell Data News Weekly Contributor

Data News Turns 58…Giving People News They Can Use


Data News Weekly is celebrating its 58th Anniversary as being “The People’s Paper” and is continuing its commitment to giving their readers news they can use. “We are excited to continue to tell the stories of our community, and being a relevant source of news that guides the conversations of issues that matter in New Orleans and beyond,” says Terry Jones, Publisher of Data News Weekly.

Data News into the Future
As the newspaper business finds some struggling or shutting down its operations, Data News Weekly is thriving and is in the planning stages of building on its brand relevance and embarking into the digital landscape, using its platforms to reach audiences where they are.

“While people are getting their news from various sources these days, it is important that reputable and reliable news sources continue the work of telling the stories that are relevant to their communities. That is why I believe that local media companies, particularly in Black Media, have a niche that reaches our readers and have an impact on our audiences in ways that larger media cannot,” remarks Jones.

Data News: A Legacy of Putting the Spotlight on Black Excellence
Data News Weekly is on the verge of a reboot and Jones says he is building on his late parents, Joseph “Scoop” Jones and Agatha Randolph Jones’ legacy. “My parents and many others were pioneers for our community during those days when they began. Placing the spotlight on what today is called Black Excellence.”

Data News: Empowering Our Community
Jones believes that power is not only in getting people elected to office but takes a more holistic approach to telling the stories that inspire a community in his vision for Data News Weekly. “We have some great new things on the horizon in preparation for the last quarter of this year, and in 2025 when we have major elections, events and festivals, and the Superbowl coming to our city. We will be on the frontlines with major stakeholders, advocating that our local community and businesses benefits and are empowered in every way including financially while in our city.”

This is important moving forward in New Orleans, that local historical businesses, particularly those owned by African Americans are supported by locals and tourists alike. “We at Data News place the spotlight on local businesses both large and small. We believe the synergy we share is a reason that we should partner in empowering each other to benefit everyone in our community.”

What’s next for Data News Weekly, “Bringing people together and being a window into the Black community of New Orleans, but it is also a place we would like to build and partner with us in telling those stories. We are truly out in the community where our people are. This is why we can say that we stand by our motto as being truly “The People’s Paper” we are celebrating our 58th Anniversary, and plan on being here to give our readers news they can use!”

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