August 26, 2020

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Eastern Time

ACS Northeast Ohio: Journalism in a Time of Turmoil

The journalism industry has undergone massive changes in recent decades. Faced with increasing competition, media companies are consolidating operations and outsourcing local jobs. Meanwhile, newspapers faced with dwindling advertising revenue are cutting staff and reducing daily circulation. While Cleveland is not alone in seeing a reduction in local journalism, the Cleveland community has been hit particularly hard by the recent shuttering of the Plain Dealer’s newsroom. As we continue to address challenges and demand change, having reliable reporting is now more important than ever. 


Please join the ACS Northeast Ohio, Austin, Bay Area, Chicago, Columbus, DC, Madison, and St. Louis Lawyer Chapters for a timely and important conversation regarding the changes in Cleveland’s media landscape. Our panelists will discuss the results of severe cuts to local news organizations and how this affects the information the public receives. The program will specifically address how cuts to local journalism have impacted the coverage of systemic racism, criminal justice reform, and police accountability.

This event will feature:

Sam Allard, Senior Writer, Cleveland Scene Magazine

Rachel Dissell, Freelance Journalist

Sia Nyokor, Reporter & Weekend Anchor, WOIO-TV, Channel 19 News

Michael Tobin, Vice President of Communications, Government and Community Affairs, MetroHealth System

Moderated by:

Romney Smith, 3News Anchor and Reporter for WKYC, Cleveland

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