AUDIO: Community Media and The Future of News

As the decline of newspapers is felt throughout the country, could community media & technology centers be the new model for local news? Could Citizen Journalism be an opportunity for community media centers like PEGs to earn income, create trained citizen reporters, build partnerships, and serve up local content? In this session, expert panelists from across media policy, journalism, and community media organizations will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing citizen journalism and community media in the broadband age. The goal of this session is to provide attendees with ways to participate in addressing the information and communication needs of local communities in a democracy.




  • Bill Densmore, Director/Editor, The Media Giraffe Project, Journalism Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA


  • Candace Clement, Program Coordinator, Free Press, Florence, MA;
  • James Losey, Program Associate, Open Technology Initiative, The New America Foundation, Washington, DC;
  • Laurie Cirivello, Executive Director, Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Grand Rapids, MI

This presentation was part of the 2010 Alliance for Community Media International Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on July 9, 2010.
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