Radically Rural, an annual two-day summit that features several sessions on community journalism focuses this year on building trust with readers, exploring philanthropic funding of journalism, and tips and tech that can help journalists.

The New England Newspaper and Press Association is a sponsor of this year’s event. Member
organizations of NENPA can sign up through June at early bird pricing at www.radicallyrural.org
Those wishing to attend in person may do so at $129, a discount of $20 off a full-priced registration, and
$49 for online registration, also a $20 savings. In July, to take advantage of the same pricing, use the promo code NENPA.

Terrence Williams, president, and COO of The Keene Sentinel announced the lineup for the Sept. 22-23 conference, which caters to small news organizations and takes place at various venues in Keene’s downtown and also online.

The following sessions are planned, Williams said:

Building Trust: Measures to secure faith in local journalism – Sept. 22 at 10:30 am
Speaker: Joy Mayer, director, Trusting News
Mayer, director for Trusting News, founded Trusting News in 2016; she leads a panel discussion on the ways and means local journalists can improve bonds with readers and confidence in the news they produce, all leading to a more trusting readership.
Panel: Lynn Walsh, assistant director, Trusting News; Peter Huoppi, director of multimedia, The Day, New London, CT.

Funding News: Media organizations successfully find philanthropic help for their missions – Sept. 22 at 2:15 pm
Speaker: Frank Mungeam, chief innovation officer, Local Media Association
A panel of experts provides a road map for crowdfunding, landing grants and the future of philanthropic support of newsrooms. Whether you are a for-profit or nonprofit organization, there are ways to build more community support for journalism.
Panel: Blake Kaplan, editor and general manager, Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS; Manuel C. Coppola, publisher, Nogales International, Nogales, AZ; Traci Bauer, vice president, print and digital content, Adams Publishing Group

Crazy Good: Tools to make you a better – and more efficient – journalist – Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.
Speaker: Samantha Sunne, freelance investigative journalist, and expert on tech and tools, presents the annual “50 Ideas” program. This is a fast-paced romp through hacks, sources, tech, and techniques to make you a better, smarter, and savvier reporter and editor.

For more information, contact Williams at twilliams@keenesentinel.com.