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Local Journalism: Shrinking Resources, Growing Challenges: How the local news crisis is affecting coverage of the major issues of our time

When: Monday, December 6, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Central

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Stacy Simpson   (847) 467-2961

Group: Medill Events - All

Sponsor: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung USA

Category: Lectures & Meetings, Academic, Global & Civic Engagement


A virtual panel discussion moderated by Tim Franklin, Medill Senior Associate Dean and John M. Mutz Chair in Local News, and Medill Visiting Professor Penny Abernathy.

Local news outlets have been decimated at an alarming rate, a trend turbocharged by the Covid-19 pandemic. And yet, during the public health crisis, local news outlets were essential to communities as important hubs of reliable information. Many journalists find themselves covering critical topics with fewer resources, including climate disasters. How is the local news crisis affecting coverage of the major issues of our time?

In a series of workshops, organized by Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, experts discussed the impact on societies and citizens with an emphasis on local media coverage of climate change, the pandemic and public accountability of local governments. What are today's trends and possible solutions for the local news crisis? In this online discussion, experts will present some of the findings of the workshops.


Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
Jennifer Lawless, Commonwealth Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Virginia, Co-Author of the new book, "News Hole: The Demise of Local Journalism and Political Engagement" 
Sadie Babits, Professor and Sustainability Director, Arizona State University, President, Society of Environmental Journalists
Glenn Smith , Editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Watchdog and Public Service Team, Charleston Post and Courier
Daisuke Nakai, New York Bureau Chief, Asahi Shimbun, Japan


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