Come to the first "No News Is Bad News" Event

No News Is Bad NewsThere have been a lot of discussions of late about the future of news and the future of our two daily newspapers. By my count, there have about 137 panel discussions in the last month alone, give or take 130.

But it’s a discussion that needs to be had, in my mind. Newspapers, the daily thunk of newsprint on front doorstep (or, in the case of my former paper boy, the roof), the certainty of paper, the ink smudges, the crossword, Ziggy, for most of us it’s part of our lives. And now, with the rise of the web and the economic collapse, there’s the possibility that in the next couple of years major cities will not have daily papers anymore — and Seattle is one of them.

So, we’ve got together a panel of academics and newspaper people, run by one of our great radio talk show hosts, Dave Ross. But we’re turning it on its side, by having groundlings who can interject and counter the discussion, bloggers, journalists for the weeklies, and others. And you’re part of it as well — you can submit your questions via our online form, or ask them at the discussion, or even Twitter them.

The event will focus on the present — what will we miss about newspapers, what gaps in news coverage will be created by the possible disappearance of the two dailies, and what people are doing right now to fill those gaps.

Our organization, if you want to call it that, is No News Is Bad News. We’re just a bunch of bloggers, writers, and new media people looking for ways to help the present news media situation transition to the future of news.

Please come to the discussion. Register now — we only have 200 seats, and they’re filling up fast.

Seattle as a No Newspaper Town? : panel and town hall discussion.
Thursday 26 February, 7 pm.
Bertha Landes Room, City Hall, 600 5th Ave. [map]
Admission is free, but please request a seat in advance at [eventbrite]

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  1. thursday agenda: no news is bad news | Seattle Metblogs (pingback) on February 26th, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

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