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Facing the threat to local journalism – and democracy
In the United States, 25% of newspapers have ceased operation and 2,000 community newspapers have closed in the past 15 years. The Chicago area has been no stranger to the devastation—we have watched as our two major daily newspapers undergo dramatic contraction.

The vacuum created when local journalism declines poses a serious threat to democracy, which relies on a free press to provide the reporting that enables citizens to make informed decisions. A free press also provides critical oversight of our governing institutions.

But at the same time that legacy media struggles to survive, innovative news organizations are springing up.

In the Chicago area alone, dozens of hyperlocal news sources have been established, many of them as non- profit organizations—the Evanston RoundTable became a nonprofit news outlet in 2020. And the Chicago metropolitan area may be the site for one of the largest experiments yet in nonprofits news, with the proposed merger of Chicago Public Media and the Chicago Sun- Times.

Join us on Wednesday, November 17th at 7pm as the Evanston RoundTable convenes an online webinar panel of experts on the local and national news ecosystem to discuss the challenges facing local news. The event will be a fundraiser in support of the RoundTable’s fall NewsMatch campaign. We hope you will decide to support our work!

Nov 17, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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