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Citizen's Guide to Real News: Why Trusted Local News Matters

Saturday, October 20, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FIMS and Nursing Building (FNB)
Room: TBA

Enough about fake news. What about the real news? What do citizens of our communities need to know about news that matters? In the midst of the dual crises now challenging journalism and the news industry- dwindling trust and decimated local newsrooms struggling to cover their communities - a special Western University Homecoming speaker's session and panel examines why trusted news matters to the citizens of our democracy.

Kathy English, public editor of the Toronto Star and Western's Faculty of Information & Media Studies' winter 2018 Asper Teaching Fellow, is joined by Ryerson University professor April Lindgren, the Velma Rogers Research Chair and principal investigator for the Local News Research Project and special guest journalist and writer, Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, which he founded in 2008.
Following their talks about trust and local news, FIMS instructor Paul Benedetti moderates a panel of local news  journalists who cover the London area community about the challenges of covering local news and building trust with their audiences.

This event is sponsored by FIMS and the Asper Teaching Fellowship, in partnership with the Canadian Journalism Foundation.


Welcome - FIMS representative

Defining real news - What is news you can trust? - Kathy English, Public Editor, Toronto Star, Asper Teaching Fellow

Understanding local news poverty - April Lindgren, Ryerson University

Title TBA - Josh Benton, Nieman Lab, Harvard University

Panel Discussion -  Moderated by Paul Benedetti

TVO London - Mary Baxter
Petrolia Lambton Independent - Heather Wright
CBC London - Bernard Graham
London Free Press - TBD

Thank you - Natalie Turvey, Canadian Journalism Foundation

Register by October 15, 2018.

Banner Photography Credit: "LONDONMORNING.jpg" by Mathew Campbell, licensed under CC 2.5

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Becky Blue

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