A local news bright spot: Family ownership

The destruction that hedge fund ownership and industry consolidation is doing to local journalism gets all the headlines. But the majority of local media is still in the hands of independent, family owners committed to their communities and fighting to stay alive.

You’ve seen the headlines about hedge fund and corporate chain destruction of local newspapers. But across the country, hundreds of family-owned newspapers are persisting through a combination of deep-seated connections to their community, investment in journalism while others are cutting, and an openness in embracing best practices in digital transformation. Publishers of three family-owned local newspapers of different sizes will talk about what they’re doing to grow and why they’re resisting the industry consolidation happening elsewhere.

Suggested Speaker(s)

  • Janis Ware
    Publisher, The Atlanta Voice
  • PJ Browning
    Publisher, The Post and Courier