Certain prominent families will face a difficult decision next month, because the doyenne chronicler of the New Orleans social scene is switching newspapers.
Nell Nolan, whose society column has been the standard record of social status and achievement for decades, is moving from the Times-Picayune to The Advocate, reportedly because she was treated so shabbily by the new management team of NOLA Media Group. According to a report at Dash30Dash,
Nolan, who originated the column 34 years ago this past Tuesday, was laid off from her full-time job last fall and brought back as a lower-paid contractor without benefits. She left after that and other perceived slights, including no longer being allowed to work out of the newspaper’s offices.
Moving to The Advocate along with Nolan is Daniel Erath, her long-time column photographer.
In announcing what it disingenuously implied was Nolan’s “retirement”, the Picayune said she would be replaced by the much younger Sue Strachan,
who chronicled the goings-on of New Orleans society during a 12-year stint as editor of St. Charles Avenue Magazine.
Now, I don’t know how many society folks wait eagerly for each edition of St. Charles Avenue Magazine to hit the rack at the grocery store, but you can bet that countless people in that segment of the population read Nolan’s column with a religious regularity matched only by their attendance at mass.
So, what are these people to do?
- Stick with the Times-Picayune and hope that its ingenue columnist is up to their standards?
- Switch to The Advocate so they can continue to follow the one they know and love?
- Or double-down and subscribe to both papers so they won’t miss even the smallest who’s-who detail?
Oh, my, what is the graceful way out of this dilemma?