About Us


A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE

Big Easy Magazine is the online home for progressive New Orleans. Our publication features original content published both weekly and monthly. The issues we cover are not always unique, but our coverage is unique in the way we approach them. We examine the issues we cover—from race to politics and from LGBTQ issues to the environment, through the eyes of the people of New Orleans.


UNAPOLOGETICALLY PROGRESSIVE

From the beginning, we have proudly stated that we are a progressive publication. We see the world through a progressive lens, and we believe in such values as love and inclusiveness. We only state facts, and we will never mislead our readers. But at Big Easy Magazine, we are unapologetically progressive.


MISSION STATEMENT

For a city under threat from water, for a city that stays up all night, in a world in need of different perspectives. With insight and introspection, we strive to deliver thorough and thoughtful coverage with a progressive voice about the issues that truly matter to the New Orleans community.


CORE VALUES

Big Easy Magazine is guided daily by the following core values:

Kindness
Compassion
Equality
Love
Justice
Inclusiveness


OUR TEAM

Scott Ploof MBA (Publisher) – At the age of 23, while pursuing his Master’s degree, Scott decided to run for office as a Democrat for local State Representative to spread ideas and advocate for meaningful change, equality, and social justice. Over the past 10 years, he has contributed to guest columns about progressive issues in various news publications. In May of 2018, Scott decided to begin a digital publication in an effort to give people a platform to use their voices to create meaningful change in their respective communities throughout the Greater New Orleans area.

Nolan Storey (Chief Operating Officer) – Nolan Storey has lived in New Orleans for 10 years. He fell in love with this city as he received his bachelors in English from Loyola University New Orleans in 2012. Since then, he has gone on to publish three books, including two books of poetry. He advocates for the mentally ill in the Greater New Orleans area through volunteer work on a weekly basis.

Jenn Bentley (Editor-in-Chief) – Jenn Bentley has always dreamed of living in New Orleans. That dream was finally made a reality when she moved to the city with her husband and family in 2016. She has worked as an editor and writer for the past 10 years, beginning her career at ChaCha.com, where she was mentored by Jeff Jockish. From then, she’s spent her time working with publications like The High Tech Society, FansShare, Medium.com, and others. When she’s not writing or editing, Jenn spends her time raising money for Extra Life and advocating for autism awareness.

Bill Arceneaux (Lead Content Writer) – Bill has been an independent writer and film critic in the New Orleans area since 2011, working with outlets like Film Threat, DIG Baton Rouge, Crosstown Conversations and Occupy.

Jesse  Lu Baum (Editorial Board Member/ Contributing Writer) – Jesse Lu Baum is a queer writer and cartoonist originally from Brooklyn, New York where she dreamed of becoming a writer if zoologist didn’t pan out. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Medium.com, The Jewish Daily Forward, The Mid-City Messenger and Preservation in Print. Aside from writing, she has also worked as a non-profit home repair person, a theater bartender, and a research assistant.