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Forum: Introduction to Community Journalism

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Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m. | Doors open at 5 p.m.

Free with registration.

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Community journalism is a unique and nuanced form of journalism that calls for explanation. The characters are different, the stakes are different, and the audience served is different than that of a larger news outlet. Panelists and audience members will explore fundamental questions around potential differences and news judgment: What is news? How do we judge if a story is newsworthy? What is the role of a reporter in the local community? How can news consumers turn into news producers?

Facilitator: Johannes Werner — WSLR’s news director. Werner is a journalist who has pursued a wide range of beats, from Berlin, Mexico City, Detroit and Miami. Werner has a degree in modern history and Latin American literature from the Freie Universität Berlin and was a DADD Scholar at the Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of Texas.


Kerry Sheridanreporter and co-host of “All Things Considered” at WUSF Public Media. Prior to joining WUSF, she covered international news, health, science, space and environmental issues for Agence France-Presse from 2005 to 2019, reporting from the Middle East bureau in Cyprus, followed by stints in Washington and Miami. Sheridan earned her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2002, and was a recipient of the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship for Cultural Reporting.

Eric Garwood — executive editor of the Community News Collaborative. Prior to this position, he served as managing editor of the Observer Media Group’s news operations in Sarasota, Siesta Key and Longboat Key. Garwood has been a reporter, page designer, editor and newsroom leader for 39 years at newspapers in Florida and North Carolina.

Endera Allen Stevens — growth manager of Northend Agent’s, Connecticut’s largest and longest-published African American newspaper.

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

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