ASNE roundtable at Engage Local concludes with big success
ASNE's National Community and News Literacy Roundtables Project held a successful two-part community event tied to the Engage Local conference June 15-16 in Newark, with more than 300 attendants.
ASNE's National Community and News Literacy Roundtables Project launched nationally this week, with a two-part community event tied to the Engage Local conference hosted by Montclair State University's Center for Cooperative Media.
On Monday evening, more than 300 Newark residents attended a town hall at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to discuss development and evolution in Newark and how that experience is reported and debated in the community. A panel that included Deputy Mayor Baye Adofo-Wilson, local real estate attorney and planning expert Frank Giantomasi, Glocallynewark.com Publisher Derek Ware, reporter Dale Russakoff and local photojournalist and publisher Akintola Hanif led the public in a discussion about citizen information needs and Newark's media infrastructure as it relates to development and gentrification in the city. With the hashtag #changingnewark, the event generated more than 400 tweets covering the discussion. For footage and coverage of the event, see here and here.
The two events held at Engage Local are part of a series of news literacy roundtable discussions that we will bring to communities around the country. For more information on hosting a roundtable, please reach out to Project Manager Clair Lorell at firstname.lastname@example.org.