Media & Democracy Discussion Set Sunday in Aromas

Sunday January 28 — 4 p.m. at the Aromas Grange

The death of newspapers, reduced publication dates and shrinking staffs of the surviving few has created news deserts in many communities. Once robust community-based papers that covered local politics and events with the same zeal as their big city colleagues now find themselves scrambling for the resources to keep the doors open.

Our distinguished panel includes:

Julie Reynolds Martinez, co-founder of the non-profit news site Voices of Monterey Bay. She served 14 years as a criminal justice reporter of the Center for Investigative Reporting and then at the Monterey Herald.

Mark Paxton, former editor and publisher of the Hollister Free Lance and the Pinnacle newspaper, led staffs that won numerous awards from the California News Publishers Association.

The panel will be moderated by Wayne Norton who worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Hollister, Gilroy and Morgan Hill, and serves as a member of the Aromas Progressive Action League steering committee.

The Aromas Progressive Action League is a grassroots community group that strives to put progressive values in action. There are a variety of committees within the organization that explore and take action on issues such as climate change, healthcare, immigrant rights, and public education. This event is hosted by APAL’s Defending Democracy working group.

The Aromas Grange is a historical building for gathering community at the corner of Rose and Bardue in picturesque Aromas.

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Voices of Monterey Bay is a nonprofit online news source serving California's Central Coast.