A robust local news ecosystem is critical to ensuring a strong democracy. Local news outlets have historically functioned as vital governmental watchdogs. They hold elected officials accountable to their constituents and are critical to providing clarity on regional issues. According to one analysis, the act of reading a newspaper alone can effectively encourage 13 percent of non-voters to vote.
Join PEN America for a virtual discussion on March 14th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MST. This free and public town hall will bring together a distinguished group of local news stakeholders and elected officials as they participate in a moderated discussion on what needs to be done to save the news.
Panelists: Charles M. Blow (The New York Times), Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times), Karen Michel (Indian Country Today), Willoughbby Mariano (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), and Margaret Sullivan (The Washington Post), with additional remarks from Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA 11th District), Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX 33rd District).