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Has Garner become a ''news desert?''

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June 09, 2017
Since the 1960s, Garner has plugged in to news about the town through one or more community newspapers. With recent changes, however, reporting about our community has become severely limited.
 
Isn’t it ironic?  We are bombarded all day with news about the region and beyond, yet we lack news about our own community.
 
Where can we get the news we need about Garner?  How will we stay informed and connected?  How will we retain our sense of community if we don’t know what’s going on?
 
This challenge is being tackled at CONNECT 2017, a half-day conference about Garner.  Our panel of experts include:
 
   
  • Craig Anderson, project director for the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local News at UNC-Chapel Hill
 
  • “William Needham Finley IV,” founder and main contributor to itbinsider.com, an edgy and sometimes satirical blog that reports news inside Raleigh’s beltline
 
Join us as we explore staying informed in the “news desert”  created by the decline of traditional community newspapers.
 
CONNECT is presented by the Garner Chamber of Commerce with the Town of Garner.  The conference is Thursday, August 10 at The Grand Marquise Ballroom.
 
Click here for details about other sessions, the bus tour and registration: