Join Virginia Humanities and the University of Virginia’s Karsh Institute of Democracy in Richmond, Virginia on April 20-21, 2023 for two public talks about the future of journalism and democracy. These talks are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Democracy, Journalism, and the Engaged Citizen

Thursday, April 20 • 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Robins Family Forum
428 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond

Margaret Talev
Margaret Talev

A strong, vibrant media landscape is critical for democratic health. Veteran political journalist Margaret Talev, the newly announced director of Syracuse University’s Democracy, Journalism, and Citizenship Institute, discusses the vital role that journalism plays in fostering an engaged, informed citizenry and explores the current problems—and signs of hope—facing both journalism and democracy in America. This discussion will be moderated by Rishi Jaitly, Professor of Practice and Distinguished Humanities Fellow, Virginia Tech.

The Future of Local Journalism

Friday April 21, 2023 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Commonwealth Hall
428 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond

Evan Smith

Media pioneer Evan Smith, co-founder of the award-winning Texas Tribune, discusses the challenges facing local media today and solutions that can connect Americans with informative, independent journalism. This discussion will be moderated by Jayme Swain, president & CEO of Virginia Public Media.

These public talks are part of the Virginia Local News Summit, a by-invitation-only event for journalists, journalism students, scholars, and business leaders exploring solutions to challenges facing local newsrooms and establishing a network of journalists that can continue to collaborate and share best practices after the summit. It is the official launch of an initiative that will continue to explore solutions to the crisis local news organizations are facing. 

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