Local news and its future

June 3-4, 2017

Local reporting builds community, holds power accountable and helps citizens make informed decisions. This conference is an opportunity to examine disruptions in local journalism, share groundbreaking research and discuss real-world responses to the dramatic changes that are reshaping the local news landscape.

Join us at the Ryerson School of Journalism in Toronto for this urgent and timely discussion.

Read the latest story about the conference here.

CONFERENCE EVENTS

FREE EVENTS OPEN TO REGISTRANTS AND NON-REGISTRANTS

Understanding Local Journalism: International Perspectives

Hear from scholars Damian Radcliffe (University of Oregon/Cardiff University), Michelle Ferrier (Ohio University), April Lindgren (Ryerson University) and Colette Brin (Université Laval) about the latest local news research underway in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. More information to come.

Does Local News Matter? Tales From the Trenches

What impact does local news have on communities? And what happens when local news organizations scale back or close? Hear first-hand accounts from panelists Knia Singh (Osgoode Society Against Institutional Injustice), James Gordon (
Councillor, City of Guelph) and Brian Lambie (Redbrick Communications).

REGISTRANT-ONLY EVENTS

Solutions to the Crisis in Local News: Lunch with Josh Stearns

Josh Stearns, project leader for the U.S.-based Democracy Fund’s local news and participation initiative, will deliver a luncheon address about developing and managing a strategy of experimentation and learning to transform local news and participation in ways that address the democratic needs of communities.

Scholarly Panels and Lightning Talk Sessions

More information to come.

REGISTRANT-ONLY EVENTS

Local News Storytelling and Innovation Bazaar and Reception

Hear from researchers, journalism instructors, news organizations and others as they showcase their local news advocacy efforts, innovations/experiments, local news-related curricula and local news stories that have made a difference. In this new take on the traditional poster session, conference registrants will see multimedia and interactive presentations on local news research and get the chance to talk one-on-one with presenters.
More information to come.

REGISTRANT-ONLY EVENTS

Scholarly Panels and Lightning Talk Sessions
More information to come.

REGISTRANT-ONLY EVENTS

Debate, Deliberate, Collaborate: Brainstorming Lunch

This event is an opportunity for conference registrants to share insights and network with others interested in local news issues and research.

More information to come.