Community Journalism and Its Discontents, with Ed Miller
Thursdays from 4 - 6 pm at Wellfleet Preservation Hall
Class dates: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23.
Local newspapers, especially small-town weeklies, have traditionally played a central role in community life in the U.S., but the internet and corporate consolidation now pose serious threats to their existence. We will read about and discuss the history, current state, and future of newspapers, including examples of how stories are being reported—or not reported—in our local press. There may be one or more guest speakers.
April 25: What do small-town newspaper reporters and editors actually do?
May 2: Online networks and gossip: how Facebook has changed community discourse
May 9: The police blotter and the obituary page: everyday life and death in a small town
May 16: Who owns your “local” newspaper and why that matters.
May 23: Does local journalism have a future?
David Bauder and David A. Lieb, “Town by Town, Local Journalism Is Dying in Plain
Sight,” Associated Press (2019)
Charles Bethea, “Shrinking Newspapers and the Costs of Environmental Reporting in CoalCountry,” The New Yorker (2019)
Mary Ann Bragg, “Eastham Parents Allege Years of Emotional Abuse by 2 Teachers,”
Cape Cod Times (2019)
Kriston Capps, “The Hidden Costs of Losing Your City’s Newspaper,” Citylab.com (2018)
Henry Beetle Hough, Country Editor (1940)—excerpts
Henry Beetle Hough, Once More the Thunderer (1950)—excerpts
Robert Kuttner and Hildy Zenger, “Saving the Free Press from Private Equity,”
The American Prospect (2018)
Jill Lepore, “Does Journalism Have a Future?” The New Yorker (2019)
Julie Reynolds, “Got Local News? Not if the Vultures at Alden Capital Grab Gannett,”
The Nation (2019)
Kevin Slimp, “Checking the Pulse of Journalism,” KevinSlimp.com (2018)