JIM AMOSS 2018-10-30T10:04:36-05:00

Project Description

THE ICON: Jim Amoss

THE LEGACY: When Jim Amoss started working at The States-Item in 1974, his journalism experience consisted of one course: a night class at Loyola University on the basics of journalism. But he gained experience as a reporter and editor during the next three decades at the Item and, later, The Times-Picayune. On his watch, the paper won four Pulitzer Prizes, two in 1997 and two in 2006. His experience in running a big news-gathering operation proved invaluable not only on Aug. 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina struck, the levees failed and floodwaters submerged 80 percent of New Orleans, but also in the years to come as the metropolitan area and its inhabitants struggled to recover. During that period, the newspaper was not only a source of information, in print and online, but also a community bulletin board, where far-flung evacuees went to find out how their neighborhoods were faring. In an interview about the storm’s impact with The Yale Daily News, the newspaper at his alma mater, Amoss said, “Nothing will ever surpass this in sheer fascination and drama and unpredictability and importance to the community that we serve.”

THE ARTIST: Michael McManus

THE INSPIRATION: “There’s nothing like a newsroom.” — Jim Amoss, in a 2015 profile in NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune