MOUNT VERNON — One after the other, local newspapers across Ohio have closed. Print advertising revenue declines every year. In fact, there are 51 percent fewer reporters than just a decade ago.
Make no mistake: This is a community crisis. And it's a problem worth solving.
But how did we get here? And who is creating the future?
Knox Pages and Kenyon College have collaborated to produce a two-part series of community conversations aimed at answering these questions. These virtual panels, held March 25 and April 1 at 6 p.m., will discuss the the past, present, and future of local journalism in north Central Ohio.
The first panel, held this Thursday, will tackle the question, "What’s broken about local news, and how does it affect you?" Moderator Sam Barone will be joined by a panel of local journalists, Kenyon students, newsmakers, academics, and national experts from Report for America and LION Publishers.
The second panel, held the following Thursday, will move the conversation forward. It will ask, "What’s the future of local news, and why does it matter to you?" Mayor Matt Starr will moderate the conversation, joined by a similar panel to discuss the path forward for local journalism – in Knox County and beyond.
Both panels will encourage audience participation, so come with questions.