Community Journalism Day

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2013, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Community Journalism Day at Johnson StateFree, public event sponsored by the Vermont Press Association and
JSC's Communications & Community Media program; registration required (below)

Whether you're a student, teacher, news consumer or practicing media pro, Community Journalism Day @ JSC promises to provide fascinating insights into the challenges and opportunities journalists face as they navigate today's volatile and rapidly changing media landscape.

Join us at JSC on Friday, November 1, at 8:30 a.m. for registration and snacks and then hear top Vermont print, broadcast and web journalists address these topics:

Keynote Address, 9 a.m.: Mike Donoghue, a longtime award-winning staff writer at the Burlington Free Press, will help kick off the event with a look back at Vermont journalism. Donoghue has covered news and sports for over 40 years and currently focuses on public accountability journalism. He has won countless awards, including the New England Society of Newspaper Executives' recently naming him the top journalist of the year for newspapers, TV, radio and online publications in the six-state region. Donoghue, who began his professional writing as a high school senior for the Free Press sports department, has been inducted into five Halls of Fame.

"Disruption and Adaptation: How Our Local News Media are Adapting to Changing Technologies and Reader Demands," 10-10:50 a.m.: Michael Townsend, Burlington Free Press; Anne Galloway, Vermont Digger; Angelo Lynn, Addison Independent; and Steve Bottari, WCAX.

"Where the Sun Don't Shine," a discussion about the hurdles journalists face — on behalf of readers and viewers — as they fight for access to basic public records from local, state and federal government agencies, 11-11:50 a.m.: Mike Donoghue, Burlington Free Press; Bridget Shanahan, WPTZ; Ross Connelly, Hardwick Gazette; and Ken Picard, Seven Days.

"What You Need to Know," in which media professionals discuss the qualities they are looking for when hiring journalists, 1:15-2:30 p.m.: Bethany Dunbar, Barton Chronicle; John Dillon, news director, Vermont Public Radio; and Matt Kannar Stowe Reporter.

"Still Indispensable," a discussion among Vermont journalists about their continued role in promoting and maintaining the civic health of the communities they cover, 2:45-3:30 p.m.: Steven Pappas, Editor, Barre-Montpelier Times Argus; J.B. McKinley, Editor, News & Citizen; Ross Connelly, Editor, Hardwick Gazette.

School groups are welcome, and lunch will be provided (free to students and $6 per adult).