A series of Tanner Talks continues at USU on Wednesday with a panel discussion called “Community and the Demise of Local Newspapers.” Media veterans will offer their insights, concerns, warnings and prognostications as local newspapers struggle and community news evolves. Organizer and Assistant Professor in the USU Department of Journalism and Communication Matthew LaPlante, quoted in USU Today, said “I love newspapers. That’s where I come from but we have to start opening up people to the idea that, yes, there are things that we are losing as local newspapers decline. But this also gives us an opportunity to redefine the ways we communicate in our communities.”
Panelists include Jeremiah Stettler, formerly a political reporter and editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, who is now Vice President of Content and Operations at social media management company Social 5; Keriann Strickland, who helped launch a newspaper in Montana, and who is now Senior Editor of IWantHerJob.com, a website dedicated to sharing the stories of successful women working in industries they love; Angela H. Brown who runs the alternative publication SLUG magazine; and Patricia Quijano Dark, who has worked for several publications in London, England, and at the Argentine daily Clarin, and who is now Editor of kslespanol.com -- the sister Spanish language site to ksl.com. The 2013–14 Tanner Talks, a series of cross-disciplinary events focusing on the theme “Knowledge and Community,” is a presentation of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Community and the Demise of Local Newspapers” is Wednesday, November 13, 11:30–12:45, Agricultural Science Building 101 on the USU campus.