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The Newspaper Crisis in the Region

May 1, 2009

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Pt 2 of the PRIOR conference: "The Newspaper Crisis"Local newspapers across the country are in crisis, and those in our region are no exception. Closures, lay-offs, and decreased circulation have resulted in less news coverage and diminished transparency. What does that mean to the public and how does that affect the democratic process? Expert panelists will discuss the decline of the local newspaper industry in New Jersey and Philadelphia, particularly the implications for coverage of state and city governments. They will discuss the dimensions of the crisis in the region, the changes in local journalism, and how those changes impact urban policy.• Charles Layton, Senior writer for the American Journalism Review; former editor, Philadelphia Inquirer• Richard A. Lee, Director of Communications, Hall Institute of Public Policy• Jim Willse, Editor, Star Ledger- Wendy Warren, Editor and VP, Philly.com