It has been a rough two decades for local journalism in the D.C. area (and just about everywhere else). Newspapers have shrunken or disappeared, digital outlets have come and gone. Now Facebook, one of the very platforms that contributed to the decline, plans to promote more local news stories to its users. Meanwhile, media entrepreneurship is ramping up, journalists are experimenting with subscription and membership models, and non-profit news outlets are multiplying. Can such solutions help reestablish a robust regional press corps?


  • Jan Schaffer Professor of entrepreneurial journalism, American University and executive director, J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism; @janjlab
  • Scott Brodbeck Founder, ARLnow and Reston Now and board member, Local Independent Online News Publishers Association; @scottbrodbeck
  • Josh Kurtz Co-founder and editor, Maryland Matters; @joshkurtznews

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