This Saturday (October 5) at 2 pm at the Tewksbury Public Library at 300 Chandler Street, Dan Kennedy, the founder of the Media Nation blog, will give a talk about this new book, The Wired City. This is a great chance for all who are active in the Lowell blogosphere to gather and consider how we might improve the online flow of information to our readers. After the talk, there will be plenty of time to socialize and converse. The event is free, but registration is requested.
(Lowell Open Studios also takes place this weekend from 11 am to 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, so attending this blogger event on Saturday afternoon should not prevent you from supporting the arts community in Lowell).
Here is the press release with more information about The Wired City and about Dan Kennedy:
About The Talk: Northeastern journalism professor and Media Nation blog founder Dan Kennedy will discuss his latest book — “The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism And Civic Life In The Post-Newspaper Age.” Kennedy will highlight some of the journalists, activists, and civic leaders who are actively re-envisioning how journalism can be meaningful in a hyperconnected age of abundant news sources. He will analyze the decline of the newspaper industry and discuss the uneasy relationship between nonprofit status and the First Amendment. At a time of pessimism over the future of journalism, Kennedy will offer hope. He will speak not to the death of journalism, but rather the uncertain and sometimes painful early stages of its rebirth.
About The Author: Dan Kennedy is an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a nationally known media commentator who writes for The Nieman Journalism Lab, The Huffington Post and other publications. He is a panelist on “Beat The Press,” an award-winning weekly media roundtable program on WGBH-TV (Channel 2). A former media columnist for The Guardian and The Boston Phoenix, he is a past winner of the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism. His weblog – Media Nation – is a nationally recognized source of news and commentary, and is listed on the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s “Daily Briefing” page.