2017 Session Recap:
Echoing Jodi Mitchell’s message from her popular song, “Big Yellow Taxi,” The Washington Post media columnist, Margaret Sullivan, warns newspaper readers, “you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.” Regional journalism is important for many reasons, and must be saved.
· People trust their hometown media, it’s the national news they don’t trust.
· What matters most is producing quality journalism – whether print or digital.
· Fixing the business model for regional journalism is key to ongoing success – there may not be an “aha moment,” but some things to consider include:
o The 24-hour news-cycle needs to be sustained.
o Engage readers by removing point of view from news stories – first iterations should include only facts.
o Label articles appropriately if they contain opinion – be transparent.
o Invest in providing thorough training to new journalists.