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Thursday, April 13 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Can Local Media Change the Narrative of a City? FULL

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Many cities are gripped by negative narratives. Whether it’s “town and gown don’t mix” or “this is where the factory used to be,” there are a host of backward-looking stories that define our communities.  Local media--whether it’s an arts and culture weekly highlighting a city’s restaurants and galleries, or local news coverage that engages citizens in zoning decisions--can help cities overcome stale and unproductive identities, and engage citizens in positive narratives about where they live. Join these local media leaders for a conversation about the importance of vibrant journalism--and how it can thrive in an era of diminishing ad revenue.

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Brian Wheeler

Executive Director, Charlottesville Tomorrow
Brian Wheeler was hired as Charlottesville Tomorrow's first Executive Director in 2005. The nonprofit is the trusted source of in-depth information on key quality of life issues in the Charlottesville area. Its award-winning journalism is widely distributed to the public online, in... Read More →

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Chris Horne

Publisher, The Devil Strip; Unbox Akron
A former tutor, salesman, waiter, youth minister and reporter, Chris Horne started "The Devil Strip" as an Akron, Ohio-lovin' arts and culture print magazine that practices narrative placemaking to build community instead of an audience.
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Ben Speggen

Contributing Editor, Erie Reader
At the Erie Reader, Erie’s independent alternative publication, he currently serves as a Contributing Editor. There, he authors in-depth features and occasional op-eds amongst other things, covering Erie’s political scene to urban development to innovation and more. Ben’s been... Read More →
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Kent Wyatt

Co-Founder, Engaging Local Government Leaders
Kent is the co-founder of the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). ELGL is a nationwide organization of more than 1,900 members from 40 states who are committed to connecting, educating, and communicating with all stakeholders in the local government arena.


Kirtana Pathak

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Room J125 Jefferson School City Center 1st Floor Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903