The City As The City Desk

Presented at ONA18
September 12, 2018
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Successive generations of conglomeration, contraction, disruption and atomization have left serious gaps in local coverage everywhere in the news media. For Detroit and Los Angeles — media-rich centers with divergent but analogous local news deficits — the city itself is stepping into the breach, experimenting with “government journalists.”

This session is designed for

  • Anyone seeking to apply journalistic methodology and standards outside the newsroom
  • Newsrooms interested in understanding how city governments can buttress local coverage
  • Journalists trying to understand the role and effect of this new kind of “city desk”

Featuring

Tracie Powell
Senior Fellow, Democracy Fund and AllDigitocracy
Aaron Foley
Chief Storyteller, City of Detroit Government
Aparna Mukherjee
FUSE Fellow, FUSE Corps, City of Los Angeles
Niala Boodhoo
Host, Executive Producer, The 21st
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