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Upcoming event: New Media, Old Media and the Future of Investigative Journalism


(UPDATED: Added a quote from Al Stavitsky)

As part of Banned Books Week, the Multnomah County Library is hosting a panel this Saturday called “New Media, Old Media and the Future of Investigative Journalism.” They have a fantastic lineup of panelists: April Baer, Stephen Engelberg, David Sarasohn and Al Stavitsky, with Tim DuRoche from Portland Center Stage as the moderator.

The panel is going to focus on a well-worn topic: the challenges the media faces and the implications for investigative journalism. But because of the speakers’ varied backgrounds, I think we’re going to hear some interesting perspectives.

Baer, for instance, says she’ll be talking about “the key differences between non-commercial broadcasters and print media, and whether those differences can let pubcasters continue to grow to meet the needs of the market.”

Stavitsky, on the other hand, will be talking about what he describes as the changing news ecology. “That is, the traditional top-down model, in which major national newspapers and networks set the news agenda that trickles down to local markets, is eroding as audiences migrate to digital platforms and social media spread information virally. It has significant implications for “accountability” journalism.”


Clockwise from top: David Sarasohn, Al Stavitsky, April Baer, Stephen Engelberg

Baer is a reporter and producer with OPB. Engelberg is the managing editor of, a nonprofit newsroom that focuses on investigative journalism. Sarasohn is a columnist and associate editor at The Oregonian. Stavitsky is the senior associate dean at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, as well as the director of the school’s George S. Turnbull Center in Portland. DuRoche is an artist, writer and arts and culture advocate.

You can find more information here.

Café Banned
Saturday, October 3, 1–3 p.m.
Central Library, U.S. Bank Room
801 S.W. 10th Ave.


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