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Saturday, August 20 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Community and Local News Programs: Filling the Gap of Local News in Your Community

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As resources dwindle for commercial local news organization, so does coverage of important issues. You can get a weather forecast for your neighborhood, but consistent news about what’s happening close to home can be hard to find.
How do resource strapped community media organizations fill the void?

In this show and tell community news panel, you will hear from a few different media centers who will share more about the importance of cultivating networks through social media explore aggregating and distributing content through mobile apps and how to optimize story selection, timing and increase your understanding of what interests audiences.

Speakers
avatar for Nannette Hobson

Nannette Hobson

Content and Operations Director, Montgomery Community Media
Nannette Onley Hobson is the Director of Content and Operations for Montgomery Community Media in Rockville, Md. A proven leader and manager, Nannette has more than 25 years of experience developing and executing multimedia and broadcast television content. | Prior to Montgomery Community Media, Nannette was News Director at New England Cable News, a regional 24-hour cable news operation, owned by NBC Universal. Nannette also spent eight years as... Read More →
avatar for Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson

Executive Director & General Manager, Northwest Community Television
Mike Johnson has been the General Manager of Northwest Community Television (NWCT) since it began operations in 1982. In addition, Mike also serves as the Executive Director of the Northwest Suburbs Cable Communications Commission (NWSCCC). Both entities serve nine municipalities in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis serving a population base of 327,000. Mike attended his very first Community Media Conference in Denver, Colorado in the summer... Read More →
avatar for Erica Jones

Erica Jones

director, Membership & Outreach, Somerville Community Access TV
Connect, create and communicate. These three words are Erica's mantra. Both at her position with SCATV and as a board member on the Alliance for Community Media-NE, she works hard to build on and expand engagement efforts with other organizations, residents and media centers in greater Boston area and in the Northeast. In 2008, she began working in the community media field while in Albuquerque, NM, working as an AmeriCorps VISTA at ABQ's... Read More →
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Chris Lovett

News Director, BNN News, Boston Neighborhood Network
Community journalist covering news in Boston for 40 years, full time with BNN since 1987. Work in television, print, photos. How to be informed about the community, extending reach of new coverage beyond cable TV to social media platforms.


Saturday August 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Commonwealth AB

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