The Evanston League of Women Voters will sponsor a panel discussion, "Keeping It Local: How Reporters and Readers Can Navigate the Changing Media Landscape," at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the Evanston Public Library.
In many communities the daily or weekly local newspaper, delivered to your door, is only a memory.
And there is growing evidence that the loss of local media watchdogs has a negative impact on government accountability and civic engagement.
Evanston has several news outlets that cover local issues and events. But can they cover all the news? How do they decide what and whom to cover? How do financial and staffing constraints impact coverage? What can readers do to support the sustainability of local news media?
Panelists Mary Helt Gavin, publisher and manager of the Evanston RoundTable, Alan Perez, editor-in-chief of the Daily Northwestern, and Bill Smith, publisher of Evanston Now, will address these issues in a session moderated by Helen Gagel.
To be sure of having a seat, the library requests that persons wishing to attend the session register on the library website.