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From Northeastern University's School of Journalism. Local news, the bedrock of democracy, is in crisis. Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University and veteran Boston Globe editor Ellen Clegg talk to journalists, policymakers and entrepreneurs about what's working to keep local news alive.

What Works: The Future of Local News Dan Kennedy and Ellen Clegg

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From Northeastern University's School of Journalism. Local news, the bedrock of democracy, is in crisis. Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University and veteran Boston Globe editor Ellen Clegg talk to journalists, policymakers and entrepreneurs about what's working to keep local news alive.

    What Works Episode 5 | Penelope Muse Abernathy

    What Works Episode 5 | Penelope Muse Abernathy

    Penelope (Penny) Muse Abernathy, a visiting professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, arguably launched a movement with her path-breaking research on "news deserts" and the forces undermining community newspapers across the nation. She talks about why this is a pivotal moment for community journalism, about her forthcoming research and about why her journalism students are still bullish on speaking truth to power at the local level. 

    • 22 min
    What Works Episode 4 | Art Cullen

    What Works Episode 4 | Art Cullen

    Art Cullen, editor of the twice-weekly Storm Lake Times in rural Buena Vista County, Iowa, tells the story of his fight for survival at a time when local papers across the country are cutting back and shutting down. The paper is the subject of a vivid documentary, "Storm Lake," that will be broadcast on most PBS stations on Monday, Nov. 15, at 10 p.m., including GBH-2 in Boston. 

    • 29 min
    What Works Episode 3 | Christ Lovett

    What Works Episode 3 | Christ Lovett

    Chris Lovett, longtime news director and anchor of the Boston Neighborhood Network News local cable access show, reflects on his career in community journalism, on camera and off. A Dorchester native, he's interviewed local activists, politicos and neighborhood stalwarts. And he's not done with journalism yet, so stay tuned.

    • 28 min
    What Works Episode 2 | Julie Reynolds

    What Works Episode 2 | Julie Reynolds

    Freelance investigative journalist Julie Reynolds talks about her singular pursuit of the truth about Alden Global Capital, the secretive New York hedge fund that has gobbled up newspapers across the country, stripping assets and firing reporters. Reynolds connects the dots from Alden to Cerberus Capital Management, the "shadow bank" that backed Alden's recent takeover of Tribune Publishing.

    • 28 min
    What Works Episode 1 | Mass. Rep. Lori Ehrlich

    What Works Episode 1 | Mass. Rep. Lori Ehrlich

    Community journalism is in crisis. What Works focuses on promising experiments, policies and business models intent on keeping local news - and democracy - alive.

    • 30 min

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