From Barry Lynn <[email protected]>
Subject Join us for a discussion with Nikki Usher on her new book: News for the Rich, White, and Blue
Date September 8, 2021 7:30 PM
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News for the Rich, White, and Blue:

A Discussion with Nikki Usher and Matt Thompson Please join us September 22

12 - 1pm ET RSVP [[link removed]]

Professor Nikki Usher [[link removed]] and the New York Times’ Matt Thompson will discuss Usher’s new book, “ News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism [[link removed]]". The conversation, which will feature Q&A, will be recorded for CSPAN’s Book TV.

Usher is a senior fellow with the Center for Journalism & Liberty, a program of the Open Markets Institute. She maintains that the market failure in journalism means that news that feeds democracy is increasingly produced and consumed by elites living in big cities who have serious blind spots.

The book brings together compelling evidence about pertinent issues facing the journalism industry right now: philanthropy and digital advertising, Beltway/Heartland divides, hyper-partisanship and media distrust, and the growing challenges to building a diverse newsroom and producing journalism for a multicultural democracy.

“We need to radically rethink the core functions of journalism, leverage expertise, and consider how to take the best of what the newspaper ethos of journalism can offer to places that have lost geographically specific news. The news that powers democracy can be more inclusive,” she said.

She’ll be joined in the Zoom conversation with Thompson, editor [[link removed]] of the Times’ new Headway initiative set to investigate global challenges spanning economics, health, infrastructure, environment and more. Previously with the Center for Investigative Reporting, The Atlantic, and NPR, Thompson has been an astute observer of the evolution of media since 2004 when he co-produced and voiced, for the Poynter Institute, EPIC 2014 [[link removed]], an eerily prescient forecast on the future of news.

Open Markets executive director Barry Lynn [[link removed]], who launched the Center for Journalism & Liberty as part of the Knight Research Network in 2019, will offer opening remarks.

This event, produced by Open Markets, is free. Register now.

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