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Community invited to express concerns about state of journalism

Loyola press release - August 6, 2012

A free symposium at Loyola University New Orleans, featuring top journalism researchers and practitioners, will allow community members to learn about the transformations in journalism nationwide and then let them tell the region’s news gatherers what kind of news they want — and how they want it delivered.

Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication, along with the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance, in partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana and GNO Inc., will sponsor a public forum on journalism in New Orleans on Wednesday, August 8 at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium. A reception precedes the event at 6:30 p.m. outside of the auditorium. The symposium will be available live for viewing at The Lens, a member of NOCOG.

The goal is to have readers, viewers and listeners help chart a new course towards a model of journalism that is accountable, innovative and sustainable.

The panelists for the event are:

Kevin Davis – CEO and executive director, Investigative News Network;
Kelly McBride - senior faculty for ethics, reporting and writing, Poynter Institute;
Jamal Watkins - chief of staff, Center for Social Inclusion;
Keith Woods - vice president for diversity in news and operations, National Public Radio.

This symposium is a kick-off event to a weeks-long survey period to let news consumers across the region speak out. Information gathered from the forum and surveys will lead to a report, providing the region’s news-gathering institutions with feedback to help guide coverage in ways that meet audiences' needs.

For more information, contact Laura Beatty at 504-865-3431 or labeatty@loyno.edu or NOCOG at opengovnola@gmail.com.

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