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Spirited Discussion: Importance of Local Media

It has been a tough time for media outlets over the last few years, as charges of media bias and “fake news” have taken a toll on the public’s trust in reporting.  

Employees of local print, radio, and television news services have also found themselves the subjects of threats, intimidation, stalking, harassing communications, bullying and physical assault. The shooting at a Maryland newspaper shocked us all, and made us aware of just how much the landscape has changed.  Local news organizations, many for the first time, must reassess the security of their facilities and evaluate procedures they use to keep employees safe when they are in the field. 

Our goal moving forward is to work together – TV, radio and print – to strengthen trust in local, professional journalism and improve the connection between local media and the community. 

Please join Lou Gum, KAWC News Director, and our colleagues Roxanne Molenar, Yuma Sun Editor, and Ernesto Romero, KECY/KSWT/KYMA News Director for an open discussion about the role of media in our community. John Courtis, Executive Director of the Greater Yuma Chamber of Commerce, will moderate this lively discussion about editorial standards, the challenges and joys of covering our diverse and sometimes misunderstood community, and what you, as a community member, want most from your local news teams. 

When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm 

Where: The Patio Restaurant and Bar at The Hills 
1245 W Desert Hills Dr, Yuma, AZ 85365 

Cost: FREE 

Appetizers will be available and attendees may also order from The Patio's regular food & beverage menu. No reservations are required and no purchase is necessary. 

Thanks to The Patio for their support of KAWC and the Spirited Discussions series.

Alice Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE, has served as KAWC's Development Director since January 2006. She has more than thirty years of professional fundraising experience, not including her start as the "human bubble machine" during Lawrence Welk pledge breaks at Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, Wisconsin.
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