The Louisiana Press-Journal has a new man-on-the-ground in Louisiana. Adam Thorp began work as the newspaper’s editor/reporter last Monday.
Thorp graduated from the University of Chicago in the fall of 2018, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in history. He wrote his B.A. thesis on the circulation competition between the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Globe Democrat in the first half of the 20th century.
While at the University of Chicago, Thorp served as editor-in-chief of the Chicago Maroon, the university’s student newspaper.
After graduation, he worked as an intern at the Chicago Sun-Times.
He has also written for the fact-checking website PolitiFact and the South Side Weekly, an alt-weekly covering the South Side of Chicago.
“Working at various outlets and studying the history of newspapers academically, I’ve developed a healthy interest in how newspapers work in the context of their communities. The idea of working for a newspaper as deeply rooted in the community as the Press-Journal was an attractive prospect,” Thorp said.
Taylor Lockard, the previous reporter-editor for the Louisiana Press-Journal, left the position in late December to launch Taylored Writing, a freelance writing company for small businesses and nonprofits.
Thorp will be working out of an office in the Press-Journal Printing plant.
“It’s been a whirlwind experience, moving up to Louisiana and starting my work at the newspaper,” Thorp said. “I hope people are patient with me as I get up to speed.”
“Adam is truly a perfect fit for our newspaper and I think our readers and customers will enjoy reading his work and getting to know him as a person,” said Louisiana Press-Journal Publisher Ron Schott.