Public Forum on Journalism in New Orleans

Where do we go from here?

Wednesday, August 8, 6:30 – 9p @ Loyola University Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall, 2700 Calhoun St. 

Unprecedented changes are sweeping the New Orleans journalism landscape. Leaders in radio, television, newspapers, websites and blogs are all responding to coming changes at The Times-Picayune, as well as long-developing trends in the different ways that audiences consume news. But where’s the voice of the community in all this? The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG) believes that community voices matter and that citizens should be involved in the reconstruction of our new media landscape. NOCOG, in partnership with the Foundation for LouisianaGNO Inc. and Loyola University School of Mass Communications, is hosting a Public Forum on Journalism in New Orleans, which will include a panel of national media researchers and practitioners discussing broad new trends in journalism and then invite audience members to describe the kind of news and information they want and need. Learn more about this event here.

WHAT: A Public Forum on Journalism in New Orleans.This public forum, which will be simulcast live on TheLensNola.org, will include a panel of national media researchers and practitioners discussing broad new trends in journalism and then invite audience members to describe the kind of news and information they want and need.  Media leaders will hear from news consumers: ‘What’s working?’ ‘What’s not working?’ ‘What are the news and information priorities of the community?’ ‘How do we amplify those voices that are oftentimes marginalized to create more equity?’

The forum will be supplemented by a public survey which will ask the community about their news and information needs. Information gathered from the forum and surveys will lead to a report, providing the region’s news-gathering institutions with feedback to help guide their coverage in ways that meet audience’s needs.

WHO: New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance in partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, GNO Inc. and Loyola University School of Mass Communications are sponsoring this event. Panelists include:

  • Kevin Davis – CEO, Executive Director of the Investigative News Network (INN)
  • Kelly McBride – Senior Faculty, Ethics, Reporting and Writing for Poynter Institute
  • Chris Sopher – Journalism Program Associate for Knight Foundation
  • Jamal Watkins - Chief of Staff, Center for Social Inclusion
  • Keith Woods – Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations, NPR

For more information contact NOCOG Communications Director Deborah Cotton at deborah.cotton@gmail.com.

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