Journalism Day at URI

13 Nov 2014

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On Thursday, November 13, the R.I. Press Association, the Harrington School of Communication and Media, the URI Department of Journalism will co-sponsor Journalism Day at URI.

In morning workshops at the Memorial Union, students will interact with reporters and editors from several Rhode Island news outlets. The workshops will engage students in digital storytelling techniques and in ethical issues and dilemmas facing journalists in the high-speed, 24-hour news cycle of the digital world.

A lunchtime panel discussion will convene at noon in the Memorial Union Ballroom where editors and reporters from six community news outlets will discuss the future of community journalism. The discussion will focus on crucial questions such as: How will we stay informed about what’s happening in our communities with newspaper survival threatened by reduced advertising revenue and declining circulation? Will TV news coverage be sufficient in the future, or will it remain headline coverage of a limited number of stories? Will citizens be willing to pay for online news about their state, city and town governments, schools and other critical matters?

Journalists from outlets such as The Providence Journal, Rhode Island Monthly, the Woonsocket Call, The Valley Breeze, The Newport Daily News,, the Hummel Report and others will be on campus on November 13 to share their knowledge and ideas with Journalism majors and other interested students.

The program will convene in the Union Ballroom at 9 a.m. Workshops will follow in the Union at 9:30 and 10:45. The luncheon panel will begin at noon. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. The public is welcome to attend.