Democracy Forum. The Demise of Local News: What Are We Losing?

WMPG 90.9 FM
Portland, ME
Sunday, June 5, 2022
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM that is rebroadcast on WMPG-FM.

This month, we'll talk about local news and local democracy. What are "news deserts"? Does Maine have them? What happens in towns that have no institutional news coverage? Does it affect self-governance at the local level?  Can citizen or grass-roots journalism fill the gap? Even if we have plenty of citizen journalists, do we lose cohesion without an institutional resource that provides a collective understanding?

Special Guests:

  • Penelope Abernathy, visiting professor at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.
  • Dan MacLeod, Managing Editor, Bangor Daily News
  • Lincoln Millstein, blogger, The Quietside Journal, retired media executive

Learn more here.

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