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A community discussion on what's going on with local news and what's needed to ensure we don't lose it.
Part one: Presentations and purpose
Part two: Community feedback
We had a very interesting event Wends at the Longmont Museum sponsored by the Denver based Colorado Media Project, the national FreePress organization, the Longmont Observer, the Community Foundation of Boulder County, KGNU and Mea Culpa Productions that brought about 80 people together from all over Colorado, and the US, as well as many local residents, to talk about the future of News and what we should do about it.
Its purpose was to talk about a white paper that was originally spurred into reality by a nascent movement in early 2019 in Longmont toward creating a Library District that also housed public access TV and, possibly, a newsroom. The Colorado Media Project in Denver, based at DU, decided to do research into the policy implications and produce a white paper on the subject and hold an event in Denver to announce it, and an event in Longmont to present it and collect community feedback.
The project is called "Local News is a Public Good'. You can read the just-released white paper and find out more about it by clicking here.
We'd like to thank Council members Tim Waters and Polly Christensen for attending the entire event and participating in the feedback and group interactions and Council member Marcia Martin, who was next door at a different meeting, for coming near the end when her event was over.