Explore our work
We focus on the stories others aren’t covering, focusing on a few core areas: coastal loss, charter schools, government accountability, land use, and criminal justice. Our reporting has resulted in federal and state inquiries.
Interactive data projects
We create innovative interactive stories, live election maps, and tools to open up access to government records.
The Lens regularly holds public events
about important issues facing our community. Attend live interviews with prominent people in the news, meet our reporters and tell us what you'd like us to cover.
Our stories have appeared on WWNO and WWL and in the The New Orleans Advocate.
Your ally for open government
The Lens regularly fights to increase access to public records and meetings. With The Vault
, we strive to make public records more accessible — online and easily searchable.
We regularly publish columns about important issues facing New Orleans.