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Citizen Journalism talk at the Booksmith | Haight

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE

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We will always have news. The question is, will we have journalism? In 1985, 25 corporations controlled everything we read, hear, and see. Today, it’s only six. Because profit is the ultimate goal, hard hitting journalism for the public good is greatly lacking.

Citizen Journalism and the New Media Ecology is a talk about the future forms of Journalism we’re seeing evolve. You are invited to join the conversation.

Rose Aguilar and Peter Richardson review the alternatives and propose new forms of citizen journalism that depend less on advertising and more on the recognition that political information is a public good and crucial for a healthy democracy. They also argue that a healthy media ecology needs both large media outlets and savvy fringe players to keep them honest.

Rose Aguilar is an American journalist and political blogger from San Francisco. She is also the host of KALW’s “Your Call” and author of Red Highways: A Liberal’s Journey into the Heartland, about a six-month road trip she took to the so-called “red states” to interview people about issues they care about and why they vote the way they do (or not).

Peter Richardson is the author of the critically acclaimed A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America and teaches at San Francisco State University. “Published for just 13 years, the San Francisco magazine Ramparts not only blew the cover off the biggest stories of its era, it also helped set the ideological agenda for its core demographic, the New Left, and forced the mainstream press to follow its lead” said the LA Times.

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