What's happening to local news? | Community Voices
A Citizen's Club of Springfield discussion on how local news media is changing.
Many Springfield residents bemoan what they see as a decline in local news coverage by traditional media sources and fear it reflects national trends. How does the current local news coverage in the Springfield area compare to coverage 5 to 10 years ago? What factors have contributed to these changes? What is the impact of those changes on civic engagement and the traditional role of the media as a watchdog over government? What can we as readers, listeners and viewers do to help? A panel of news professionals will tell us about their experiences and shed light on the massive changes in the way information is being sought and delivered.
- Fletcher Farrar, Illinois Times/Springfield Business Journal, Editor and Owner
- Jason Piscia, UIS Public Affairs Reporting Program, Director
- Randy Eccles, NPR Illinois, General Manager
Representatives of the State Journal-Register and WICS-TV Newschannel 20 were invited to participate.