The Future of Local Media in the Hudson Valley
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On August 31, the Village Voice, the nation’s first alt-weekly and the standard-bearer of alternative newsgathering and cutting-edge reporting and writing from the mid-1950s onward — announced it was “suspending” its editorial production. In late July, the Daily News cut half its editorial staff in one fell swoop. The advertising-driven media model is in crisis. Can it survive? If not, what will take its place and how are local media organizations in the the Hudson Valley adapting to these new conditions? Join us for an evening of discussion about the future of local media with some of the region's most influential media owners and executives. The evening will also include a keynote address by Jim Friedlich, Executive Director and CEO of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, a nonprofit that owns the Philadelphia Enquirer and Philadelphia Daily News and is developing sustainable business models for local journalism.
The panelists for this Chronogram Conversation will be Jimmy Buff (Radio Kingston), Geddy Sveikaukas (Ulster Publishing), Gary Chetkoff (Radio Woodstock), Lisa Green (Rural Intelligence), and Mariel Fiori (La Voz). Beverages will be provided by Catskill Brewing.
Jim Friedlich is the executive director and CEO of The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, a non-profit founded in 2016 to support to the future of sustainable local journalism by providing advisory services and grants to journalism organizations in Philadelphia and throughout the country. To this role, Friedlich brings his background in philanthropy, publishing, and media-related investment.
Lisa Green has been editor of Rural Intelligence since 2014. Before moving to the Berkshires, she was a senior writer at The Palm Beach Post in Florida, and before that she worked as a freelancer in New York, contributing to Family Circle, Beauty, YM, Natural Pharmacy, Apparel News, Woman’s World, Delicious!, and more.
Jimmy Buff has over three decades’ radio experience ranging from K Rock in New York City to Radio Woodstock. As the program director for Radio Kingston, Buff’s love of the medium combines with his deep commitment to community and social justice. He lives in Kingston, with his wife, son, giant dog, and ancient cat.
Mariel Fiori, MBA, is a journalist, translator, educator and an entrepreneur. In 2004, she co-founded La Voz, the Hudson Valley’s only Spanish-language magazine. As the managing editor, Fiori also co-hosts and co-produces La Voz daily radio show in Spanish at Radio Kingston.
Gary Chetkof has been the principal owner and CEO of the Radio Woodstock (WDST) for the past 25 years, to which he brings a long history in broadcasting and law. Chetkof also founded Mountain Jam Music Festival and Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain, two of the area’s biggest camping music festivals.
Geddy Sviekauskas is the publisher of the Ulster Publishing family of newspapers, a media company he founded in 1972. Ulster Publishing has five flagship weekly newspapers—Woodstock Times, New Paltz Times, Saugerties Times, Kingston Times, and the Almanac, in addition to several special publications and websites.
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