august, 2021

06aug5:30 pm7:00 pm"That's News to Me: Covering Brattleboro Today" Panel Discussion and Dialogue with Local Journalists5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Event Organized By: Brattleboro Words Trail

Event Details

The panel is from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street in Brattleboro Vermont and is free and open to the public. A reception sponsored by the Brattleboro Reformer and The Commons follows from 7 to 8 pm. Unvaccinated individuals must wear masks to enter. The audience will be capped
at 50 in this well-ventilated space, first-come seating, doors open 5:00 pm. 

Chris Lenois, former host of Green Mountain Mornings at WKVT FM and Chair, Brattleboro Community Television board of directors will moderate a panel that includes: Melanie Winters, News Editor, Brattleboro Reformer; Gena Mangiaratti, Arts Editor, Brattleboro Reformer; Jeff Potter, Editor, The Commons;  Randolph T. Holhut, Managing Editor, The Commons among others unconfirmed at press time. Each panelist will give a brief presentation, then respond to each other before opening up the last half of the event to open discussion with the audience.

Over the past two decades, many communities throughout the United States have endured a drastic decline in local news coverage. Printed newspapers, once dedicated to conveying their communities’ civic and cultural proceedings, have been either absorbed by larger news organizations or jettisoned altogether as unsustainable business models. Distrust of media sources has widened amid an onslaught of unidentified, unqualified or malevolent voices, threatening our very democracy. Panelists will reflect on the media as the ‘fourth estate’ or fourth ‘watchdog’ branch of the three ‘balanced’ powers of democratic government — the executive (presidency), the legislative (Congress) and the Judicial (court system), as well the ‘fifth estate’ of non-traditional media including social media platforms. We encourage all local journalists, bloggers, and social commentators to attend to broaden and enhance what we expect will be a most robust discussion of great import to the town. 

The “That’s News to Me” discussion coincides with a Gallery Walk opening of the multimedia exhibit “One Town, Many Voices: News and Book Publishing in Brattleboro Over Time” inspired by the new book Print Town: Brattleboro’s Legacy of Words documenting Brattleboro’s long history and ongoing legacy of printing and publishing, and audio stories created by community members for the newly launched Brattleboro Words Trail. 

Time

(Friday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Organizer

Brattleboro Words Trailbrattleborowords@gmail.com 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

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