Who Will Write the Story? The Critical Role of Local Journalism

Thu. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sponsored by: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation of State Humanities Councils

Hosted by: The Daily Progress, Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism, Virginia Library Association, and the Virginia Press Association


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Katrice Hardy (executive editor of the Greenville News and the South Regional Editor for USA Today Network), Eric Lichtblau (two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Return to the Reich), and Lewis Raven Wallace (independent journalist and author of The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity), in discussion with Marcia Bullard (retired CEO of USA WEEKEND), examine the critical role of local journalism as well as the threats facing it, including the clear impacts of local reporting on democracy and a civil society, the economic and job devastation the newspaper industry has suffered, and possible outlooks for local news as well as communities that have already become news deserts. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

Every U.S. community, large and small, has been affected by the economic restructuring of the newspaper industry. Changes in corporate ownership have led to decreased funding and the elimination of certain reporting positions, or even full departments. Further, a general shift in reading habits, from newsprint to digital sources, and from newspapers to social media platforms, has increased the financial pressure on this industry-at-risk.

Hear journalists and editors discuss why this matters to each of us, and what we might do in our own communities to ensure future access to and public accountability for the work of our elected officials, as well as coverage of other local activities, including schools, sports, arts, and more.

This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.



We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.