Former Times-Picayune copy and online content editor Cathy Hughes has written an insightful blog post on Eliza Poitevent Holbrook Nicholson, publisher of The Daily Picayune from 1876 until her untimely death from influenza in 1896.
Nicholson took over the paper upon the death of her husband, Col. Alva Morris Holbrook. Despite being a woman in what in those days was definitely a man’s world, she gained the respect of her employees and readers, led the paper out of debt into profitability, and laid the foundation of what was to become (until now) an enduring New Orleans institution.
Hughes speculates on how Nicholson would have managed the transition into the digital age were she still running the Picayune today. To find out how she might have done, read the full post here.