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Forum: Community News and Democracy

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Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Time: 5:30 pm
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Tuesday, April 2, 5:30 p.m. reception | 6 p.m. forum

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A thriving democracy relies on an informed and engaged electorate. Local news, in particular, is essential to civic engagement, trust, voter participation, and community vitality. Now more than ever, it can be a critical tool to help combat misinformation and polarization. In this session, we will discuss the role that local news plays in supporting healthy local democratic practices.

Facilitator: Maria Vesperi, professor of anthropology, New College of Florida

Panelists:

Brian Ries is engagement editor at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media, where she oversees a team of reporters, editors and producers covering 13 counties on Florida’s west coast. A journalist for more than two decades, Mary arrived at WUSF in 2013, where she worked first as a reporter and then as editor of the Health News Florida journalism collaborative. She became news director in 2015.

Matthew Sauer is the Collaboration and Impact Officer for the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, working on issues such as the environment, workforce housing, the foundation’s community journalism initiative, health equity and recidivism. Prior to joining Barancik in May 2021, Sauer spent 35 years in journalism, lastly as executive editor and general manager of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and as Gannett Co.’s regional editor for Florida, overseeing newsrooms at the company’s 20 publications in the Sunshine State.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this forum do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

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