THURSDAY, NOV 30 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Adam W. Herbert University Center at UNF
Local news is facing a crisis. Newspapers are shrinking, and research has shown a lack of quality local news is linked to lower voter turnout, more polarization, and even lower municipal bond ratings—an expense borne by taxpayers.
Against this backdrop, promising solutions are emerging. Innovative, nonprofit newsrooms have arisen in the last few years to strengthen the local news ecosystem in Northeast Florida. Local and national funders have stepped forward to support these newsrooms. In September, a collaboration of national foundations announced the creation of Press Forward, an effort to bring $500M to address the challenge.
Our November Donors Forum revisits local journalism, a topic that we first discussed in 2020, with an update on progress made through the advent of digital-first, community supported newsrooms in our region.
Our event will feature keynote remarks from Margaret Sullivan, a visiting professor at Duke, former public editor of the New York Times, columnist at The Washington Post, and author of Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy. John Peyton will share his perspective on the importance of local news from his experience as Jacksonville Mayor.
In addition, we will hear about the promising developments in the field from a panel of local and national experts, including:
We hope you will join us for a rich discussion about the progress our community is making to sustain quality news and information, the foundation of a free society.
Special thanks to the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations for partnering with us on this event, and for their support of WJCT/Jax Today. We also wish to recognize the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for its support of WJCT/Jax Today and The Tributary.