RJI Symposium to explore how the FCC reforms could shape the local media landscape

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Steven Waldman, who directed the Federal Communications Commission’s study of the state of U.S. journalism, will deliver the keynote address on Nov. 15 at a day-long symposium on the comprehensive and far-reaching report at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

The Missouri School of Journalism and the Donald W. Reynold Institute will host the symposium, "Information Needs of Communities: How FCC Reforms Could Shape the Local Media Landscape." The FCC report, the most thorough examination ever of today’s news media, found local journalism in crisis, with newspapers declining and online media failing to replace the accountability reporting that is being lost.

The symposium will examine the potential impact of the FCC’s recommendations on commercial and non-profit media. The symposium will highlight innovation in Missouri media and feature discussion among top executives. Amy McCombs, Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies, and Barbara Cochran, Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Journalism, will moderate those sessions.

The School offers a unique perspective as it operates both a commercial NBC affiliate, KOMU-TV, and one of the nation’s leading NPR stations, KBIA-FM. As the world’s first school of journalism and one whose mission is to train journalists in real-world media outlets, Missouri has a long history of journalistic excellence and a strong interest in the FCC recommendations and the implications of future policy decisions.

Other sponsors include the Carnegie Corporation and Knight Foundation.

WHERE: Fred W. Smith Forum (Room 200), Reynolds Journalism Institute 
All sessions will be webcast live at: www.rjionline.org/live

WHEN: Tuesday, November 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central time

This is a free event and open to the public.  Registration is requested.
For questions contact: Jeffrey Beeson, beesonj@rjionline.org or 573-882-7303

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