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Statewide Policy Approaches To Sustaining and Strengthening Local and Ethnic Media
Join California Common Cause and PEN America Los Angeles for a panel conversation on statewide media policy solutions for supporting local and ethnic media.

California has lost a quarter of its newspapers and half its newsroom staff in the last 15 years, with news deserts emerging around the state. The loss of local and ethnic media outlets has left a void—a void that has quickly filled with online disinformation targeting and exploiting California’s communities. Without accurate, independent news and information at the local level, communities cannot hold local governments accountable and our democracy cannot thrive.

In collaboration with the California Media & Democracy Working Group, California Common Cause and PEN America invite you to join this timely conversation about the state of California media policy and the priorities, strategies, and statewide models that could help rebuild and sustain a robust news information ecosystem in California.

Featuring Julian Do of Ethnic Media Services, Mike Rispoli of Free Press, Rashad Mahmood of the New Mexico Local News Fund, and PEN America’s DC Director, Nadine Farid Johnson. The panel will be moderated by Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, journalism professor and an Emmy Award-winning journalist.
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