Community members will have a chance to discuss their views about the local news with a dozen leading figures in journalism, education, business and politics at a town hall meeting produced by the Society of Professional Journalists on Thursday, March 25.

“Your Views on Local News – A Town Hall Forum” will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the main San Francisco Public Library in Civic Center. Admission is free.

We’ll discuss how the current crisis in the news industry creates opportunities for the public to help shape new kinds of journalism that contribute to a vibrant democracy. The conversation will explore strategies and business models for ensuring robust and reliable news coverage in a changing economic, technological and social environment.

Participants will include:

  • Craig Aaron, senior program director, FreePress
  • Mark Adkins, president, the San Francisco Chronicle
  • David Callaway, editor in chief,
  • Sandy Close, executive director, New America Media
  • Paul Connolly, senior vice president, the TCC Group, manager of the Challenge Fund for Journalism
  • Ron Dellums, Oakland mayor and former congressman
  • Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize-winning Stanford professor and former Washington Post London Bureau chief
  • Lisa Frazier, publisher, Bay Area News Project
  • Dr. Dina Ibrahim, assistant professor for Broadcast and Electronic
  • Communications, San Francisco State

  • Pat Kenealy, managing director, IDG Ventures SF
  • Barry Parr, media analyst and entrepreneurial publisher,; and
  • Venise Wagner, Journalism Department chair, San Francisco State

Sandip Roy and Hana Baba of public radio station KALW-FM will moderate. The program will be recorded and broadcast by SFGTV, San Francisco’s government channel.

SPJ is the nation’s broadest-based organization devoted to encouraging the free practice of high-quality journalism in accordance with the highest ethical standards.

Bay Area Media News


  1. if you put all media on the internet, then it becomes much easier for the government to shut down or regulate the media.

  2. Not to be cynical (though I am), but what are these people going to tell us that we don't know? They're going to say online is the future (even though they have no clue how it will make money) and print is dead (except in Palo Alto, which they can't really explain). This list reads like the list of people who led the media into its current mess. Maybe a seminar on "local news" should include people who have a plan for the future that doesn't include "pageviews"?

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