About Us

Community News for Gentilly New Orleans

Adonis Dillard University Director of Facilities Management delivers remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of large-scale drainage improvements on Dillard’s campus. (Zach Brien, GentillyMessenger.com)

NOLA Messenger is an independently-owned, online, community news organization founded in September 2010. Gentilly Messenger is our branch for Gentilly news, launched in June 2013.

Every day on this site, you’ll find neighborhood-level coverage of land use, politics, crime, business, and community events. We will tell the stories of Gentilly New Orleans through traditional, quality reporting, and photojournalism.


We are financially supported by local advertisers and by generous contributions from our readers. Although we are not a traditional “newspaper,” we strictly adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics.

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 gentilly@nolamessenger.com.


Messenger Coverage

David LaViscount, principal of the new Audubon Gentilly Charter campus, speaks to the Gentilly Terrace and Gardens Improvement Association on Jan. 10, 2018 (Claire Byun)

Gentilly Messenger primarily covers news for Gentilly, Gentilly Terrace, Ponchartrain Park, Gentilly Woods, and the Lakefront, though at times we report on surrounding areas including New Orleans East, City Park, and Lakeview.

UptownMessenger.com, our original site launched in 2010, covers the Uptown neighborhoods roughly from the Lower Garden District all the way to the Carrollton area.

MidCityMessenger.com, established in 2013, Our primary coverage area includes 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.


Jamal Melancon, News Editor

Jamal joined NOLA Messenger as an intern in 2014, covering the New Orleans Jesters soccer team and local music festivals. A New Orleans native from Gentilly, Jamal is a journalism student at Loyola University New Orleans and has served as the editor of the Religion, Life & Times, and Worldivew sections of the Loyola Maroon newspaper. With his interest in writing about art, history, and technology, Jamal’s coverage of Gentilly’s growing Lakefront area was featured as a front page story in a 2017 April issue of the Gambit.

Got questions or news for us? Want coverage of your neighborhood initiative or event? Email us at gentilly@nolamessenger.com.