Nick Haines Moderates a Panel Discussion About Democracy & The Decline in Local Reporting

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For Immediate Release:
May 28, 2009
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
Nick Haines Moderates a Panel Discussion About Democracy & The Decline in Local Reporting

Nick Haines, executive producer of news and public affairs programming at KCPT, moderates a panel discussion about the future of local news on Thursday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


The business model that has been responsible for delivering local news for years is now failing. Newspaper and other media outlets are struggling to pay for reporters to cover city councils, school boards, and other local happenings. In some cases, online blogs have filled the void, but can they ever really replace newspapers? What role must citizens play to ensure that local reporting continues to exist? Does a reduced commitment to local news threaten our democracy? Panel members will explore these issues.


The panel will include: Dave Helling, political reporter for The Kansas City Star; Pam Fine, Knight Chair at the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications; Steve Rose, publisher of Sun Publications; Tony Botello, creator of the Tony’s Kansas City blog; and John Landsberg, principal, Bottom Line Communications.


The event is the second in the Library’s Figuring Out the Future of Print Media series.


The event is co-sponsored by Consensus KC.


Admission is free. Refreshments will be available prior to the event. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.   

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