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Thursday, September 27 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Energizing and Growing Rural Journalism LIMITED

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Small town newspapers, challenged by evaporating advertising revenues, mergers and declining circulation, struggle to sustain themselves. What can be done to keep local journalism strong, relevant, necessary and avoid news deserts?
Speakers:  Al Cross, director Institute for Rural Journalism, University of Kentucky
Panel discussion: Mark Guerringue, publisher The Daily Sun, Conway, NH; Keith Gentili, Editor and Publisher, The New Boston Beacon; Paul Miller, executive editor, The Keene Sentinel

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Al Cross

Director, Institute for Rural Journalism, University of Kentucky
As director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, Al helps rural news media define the public agenda in their communities and report on broader issues that have local impact but few local sources. Cross helped organize the Institute, which has academic partners... Read More →
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Kevin Slimp

Director, University of Tennessee Newspaper Institute
From developing publishing practices, to founding the Institute of Newspaper Technology in 1997, to founding NewspaperAcademy.com and Market Square Books, Kevin continually develops programs and methods for an industry, which too many people call "dead." Tell that to his thousands... Read More →

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Jim Welch

Projects Editor, VT Digger
Jim Welch is projects editor at VTDigger and a former Montpelier bureau chief and executive editor at the Burlington Free Press. He also was deputy managing editor at USA Today and a speechwriter for the president of the American Bar Association. He has a degree in government from... Read More →
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Keith Gentili

Editor and Publisher, New Boston Beacon
Keith is the editor and publisher of The New Boston Beacon, a new monthly newspaper launched in January 2018 serving his small town and surrounding area. Gentili's career includes two distinct halves: the first spent entirely in publishing, including years with weekly and daily newspapers... Read More →
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Mark Guerringue

Publisher, The Daily Sun Newspapers
Mark is co-founder of The Conway Daily Sun and The Laconia Daily Sun, the only free-daily community newspapers east of the Rockies. He is also publisher and co-founder of a twice-weekly in Berlin, and publisher of the Portland Phoenix, a free, alternative weekly covering arts, culture... Read More →
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Phil Kincade

Executive Director, New Hampshire Press Association
Phil is the retired editor of The Telegraph of Nashua, NH, where he led a 30-person newsroom for the daily, four weeklies and the associated websites. He is currently leading the state’s press association.He was managing editor for online news and content at Foster’s Daily Democrat... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Centennial Alumni Hall