Building Community through Local Media
Thursday, October 21st: Dan Kennedy, Keynote
Thursday, October 28th: We will reconvene for a panel discussion:
Moderator: Elizabeth Ballantine
Panelist: Elena Eberwein
Panelist: Dan Kennedy
Panelist: David Ropeik
On the first night, Beat the Press’s Dan Kennedy will talk about the changing economics of the news business, including why local news and reporting is important as a counter-weight to national news and mass/social media, future models for local news – how they flourish and survive – and where we get our information. We will look at how local news promotes civic engagement and trust, brings people together, and what we as residents of communities can do to improve communication between those who don’t necessarily agree.
The following week the panel, led by The Durango Herald co-owner and former reporter Elizabeth Ballantine, will dive into the particulars of what is happening with news and social media in Concord and other communities. Plans for a new online news”paper” for Concord will be unveiled. Panelists will discuss why we need our local news, how to keep it financially viable while remaining independent, and ways for us to communicate and listen to each other.
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