August 09, 2017

Belleville, Ontario, August 9, 2017 – In an effort to enhance the quality and delivery of local news, Loyalist College’s Journalism and Communications program invites the Bay of Quinte community to take part in a Local News forum on September 18. The objective of this event is to foster a discussion around the state of local news, facilitate discourse on how to make coverage better and inform the work Loyalist Journalism students produce over the course of the academic year.

“The public forum will be part of an ongoing effort to strengthen local journalism not only in the Quinte region, but beyond our borders as well,” said Loyalist Journalism Professor Andy Clarke. “We’re hoping that it will lead to innovation and experimentation in the work that we’re doing – that all local journalists are doing – to build a more sustainable model for quality journalism that helps to make our community a better place.”

In attendance will be newsroom leaders from the Quinte region’s major news providers such as the Belleville Intelligencer, Quinte Broadcasting and Starboard Communications.

This event is ideal for those who care about the state of local news, work in the industry or represent a community organization and wish to contribute to the discussion.

What:             Public Forum on Local News

Where:           Loyalist College, Kente Building

When:            Monday, September 18 at 7 pm

Light refreshments will be provided.
Guest parking is available.

Additional Information:
The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age’ report covers the breakdown of the business model that previously sustained Canadian journalism; the rise of digital powerhouses like Facebook as the main way many of us now access news; the explosion of ‘fake news;’ and the diminishing ability of journalism to fulfill its civic function in an era of cutbacks and shrinking newsrooms. It also navigates the state of local news and finds that many of the issues mentioned above are having a real impact on the quality of journalism in communities across Canada.

About Loyalist College
Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 65 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and The Bay of Quinte Skills Centre, which is LEED® Silver certified, are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million annually – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit


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Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913 ext. 2536