This Wednesday, Nov. 21, the Edith Garland Dupré Library held a journalism panel.
According to the Facebook post by The Current, the goal was to look at how journalism has evolved, as well as discuss one man’s impact.
“Live from the UL Lafayette library talking about the history of journalism in Lafayette. Specifically Alton Broussard's impact by starting the Lafayette Guide,” according to the post.
Assistant professor and Head of Special Collections at the library, Zachary Stein started the event with a warm welcome and gave thanks to specific people.
“Before beginning, I’d like to acknowledge a few people who helped make this event possible from the library.”
Next Stein mentioned all of Broussard’s children, and that they are donating some of Broussard’s works.
“Broussard’s collection of papers along with the complete Lafayette Guide newspaper,” Stein said.
Broussard’s children spoke about him before the panel started. Their goal was to speak about the kind of person he was to them.
“Dad was, he loved to experiment, he loved to learn how to do things, and not necessarily do them well, but from the ground up, learn a completely new thing: stained glass, or playing the piano, or starting a newspaper,” Mary Broussard Perrin said, who one of his children.
The four people on the panel included Barry Jean Ancelet, a professor of francophone studies, Alton Broussard II, also one of Broussard’s children, Christiaan Mader, the executive editor of The Current, and Pearson Cross, Ph.D., who acted as a moderator.
Over the course of the panel, they spoke of how news and different newspapers have evolved over time and their impact, along with anecdotes about Broussard.
“He was a reporter for the Lake Charles American Press, and there was a spectacular murder trial where a beautiful woman in Lake Charles killed her husband, I think; there was some sort of murder trial,” Broussard II said.
“He was there covering the murder trial and the judge didn’t want any pictures taken in the courtroom. So the trial was over, the woman was found guilty, and the bailiffs were walking her out of the courtroom. He jumped up, turned around, got in her face and took her picture.”