MidCityMessenger.com is a local, independent online source of news, commerce and knowledge for Mid-City New Orleans. Launched in January of 2013, it is modeled on the same neighborhood-based style of news coverage as its sibling website, UptownMessenger.com.
MidCityMessenger.com covers government, politics, crime, business, schools, and community events in and around Mid-City. We will report to Mid-City and its people through traditional articles and photographs, as well as video and live-blogging when possible.
Our primary coverage area will be the neighborhoods of Mid-City, Lower Mid-City, Bayou St. John and the Fairgrounds — running very roughly from City Park to Broad Street — though we’ll cover news of interest to our readers wherever it takes place.
We are financially supported by our local advertisers. We strictly adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics.
You can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid-City Editor Claire Byun leads reporting at MidCityMessenger.com.
Claire graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She served as the crime and education reporter for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for nearly five years before moving to New Orleans. In her Myrtle Beach role, Claire frequently broke stories concerning a multi-million dollar school building program, sudden resignation of the district superintendent and officer-involved shooting and police raid of a small-time drug dealer.
Claire played a key role in The Sun News’ coverage of South Carolina’s historic flooding in October 2015 and explored the damage during and after the flood, including the storm’s affect on school curriculum and busing routes. Her team won the McClathy President’s Award for their coverage of the storm.
Since moving to New Orleans, Claire has covered controversy surrounding the shuttering of schools in Jefferson Parish, the tragic shooting of Baton Rouge Police officers in August 2016 and broken stories about public land use around the city. She joined Mid-City Messenger in June 2016 and continues to work as a freelance journalist.
She can be reached at email@example.com.