Radically Rural, the annual two-day summit focused on issues and opportunities in small cities and towns, opens Sept. 19 and is expected to attract 800 people from the Monadnock Region, the Northeast and throughout the country.
Radically Rural will again feature sessions on local news reporting. This year, five sessions will focus on newsrooms’ collaborations, solutions journalism, “crazy good” ideas for revenue, audience and content, funding journalism and a general session on fueling rural entrepreneurship.
The Keene Sentinel and Hannah Grimes planned the first Radically Rural conference last year, focusing on five topic areas critical to most small cities and towns across the country – downtown vitality, successful working lands’ policies and practices, thriving arts and cultural enclaves, innovation and entrepreneurship, and community journalism.
Registration is now open for the 2019 New England Newspaper Conference
This year the New England Newspaper Conference will be held at a new location – the AC Hotel Marriott in Worcester.
The one-day conference will include several speakers, panels and sessions that address relevant and timely topics in the newspaper industry.
Let people know you are attending and feel free to live tweet during the event using the hashtag #NENewsConference.
Christina Smith plans to engage with the audience on two major discussion points concerning community newspapers. First, she will briefly discuss one of her current research projects that explores why small-town, geographically-bounded U.S. weekly newspapers continue to be viable in the digital era, despite the struggles larger U.S. newspapers continue to undergo. Upon completion of a recent exploratory study, Christina argues that U.S. print weekly newspapers continue to be perceived by their audiences as the most relied upon news sources for the communities in which they serve because community members believe the local newspaper and its journalists and owners serve as community builders, produce relevant, truthful, local information, and are highly motivated by community needs in order to do their jobs – all of which have long been the foundational rules guiding community journalism.
Following the brief research presentation, Christina will share with viewers a useful survey tool she produced for research purposes that she believes newspaper publishers can use in their own communities to better understand the expectations of their audiences.
Christina Smith is an assistant professor of communication at Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Georgia, where she teaches journalism. Before getting her Ph.D. in mass communications in 2015 at the University of Iowa, she worked in the newspaper industry as a daily and weekly news reporter for more than 13 years.
As a scholar, Smith’s research interests include the roles of journalism in small, rural towns in the U.S., specifically as they relate to print weekly newspapers with circulations of less than 5,000.
This webinar is offered in partnership with Online Media Campus.
A NENPA member code is required to register for this free online webinar. NENPA members that are interested in signing up for this webinar should email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the access code.