And that’s just he plans to do. From what Schleifstein understands of the chaotic situation, his assignment will remain basically the same, although he’ll probably have more to cover. Colleagues such as Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, who wrote about the chemical industry and covered fisheries in the Gulf, did not receive job offers from Nola Media Group.

“I just don’t understand a lot of these moves,” Schleifstein said. He added that he is entering the new venture with his “eyes open,” and hoping something good will come of the focus on online coverage. But his frustration was clear. In The Big Easy, this isn’t an easy time.


Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.