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Museum Schedule for Fredericktown Tomato Show, Labor Day Week 2018

Wednesday, Sept. 5: Museum tours, 6-10 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 6: Museum tours and letterpress printing demonstrations, 6-7 & 8:30-10 p.m.

Museum Media-Literacy program, 7:15-8:15 p.m., at First Baptist Church

Friday, Sept. 7: Museum tours & letterpress printing demonstrations, 6-10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8: Museum tours & letterpress printing demonstrations, 2-10 p.m.


Take part in our annual public free-press discussion, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, 7:15-8:15 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 22 E. Sandusky Street, one block east of the Village Square, around the block from the Museum, which is one block north of the Village Square. Co-sponsored by the Museum and the Columbus-based Central Ohio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Learn to Be a Media-Literate Consumer of News

It is estimated that U.S. media consumption has risen to more than 15 hours a day per person. We are getting messages from more devices than ever and the volume is equal to about 6.9 million-million gigabytes of information. This amounts to about 9 DVDs of information per person, per day.* At the same time, the attention span of the average person in the U.S. is less than 12 seconds.

What is a person to do? Know how to discern the accurate media from fiction. Be your own editor. Learn how to use your time efficiently and attention wisely.

Now, more than ever, it is important to be media-literate. Learn why the functioning of democracy depends on it.

Jo Inglescovers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. After working for more than a decade at WOSU-AM, she was hired by the Bureau in 1999. Her work has been featured on national networks such as National Public Radio, Marketplace, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium and the BBC. She is often a guest on radio talk shows heard on Ohio's public radio stations. In addition, she's a regular guest on WOSU-TV's "Columbus on the Record" and WBNS-TV's "Face the State." Jo also writes for respected publications such as Columbus Monthly and Reuters News Service. She has won many awards for her work across all of those platforms. She is currently the president of the Ohio Radio and TV Correspondents Association, a board member for the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association and a board member for the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters. Jo also works as the Media Adviser for the Ohio Wesleyan University Transcript newspaper and Ohio Wesleyan WU radio.Contact Jo Ingles at

Kevin Z. Smith, Director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University, knew he wanted to be a journalist from the moment he took his first high school journalism class at age 16. More than 40 years later, he can reflect on a career that spans newsrooms and classrooms. He has been with Kiplinger since 2013. The program is in the process of moving to Ohio University. He has been a longtime leader in the Society of Professional Journalist sand served as national president, 2009-10. He served on the SPJ Ethics Committee from 1988-2014 and chaired the committee in its work to revise SPJ's world renown ethics code in 1996 and 2014. He is a contributing author to five ethics text books and routinely trains journalists in media ethics. He is regularly sought by the media to comment on journalism standards. With SPJ, he additionally served on that group's Project Watchdog Committee, advocating for open access to public meetings and records. He is also a member of the Online News Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication where he serves in the ethics division.After graduating from the Online News Association and West Virginia University with a degree in print journalism, he began a 14-year career in that state's community newspapers. He was a sports editor at the GraftonMountain Statesman, a business writer for theParkersburg Sentinel, assistant sports editor and later managing editor at the FairmontTimes-West Virginian, and assistant city editor, regional editor, bureau chief and business writer for theDominion Postin Morgantown, West Virginia. He worked as a staff writer covering medical stories forBloomberg Newsin Washington, D.C. and was an on-call freelance correspondent forThe Associated Press. He earned more than two dozen state and national awards for his reporting, photography and commentary. He began his next career of 14 years in journalism education while serving as an adjunct at West Virginia University, before quickly moving into the profession full time as a visiting lecturer at Miami University (Ohio). He served there five years, two years as program director and earned his master's degree in mass communication there. He later worked as an assistant professor and director of student media at Fairmont State University in West Virginia, as a journalism instructor at James Madison University in Virginia and a visiting lecturer in communication at the University of Dayton. As student adviser to the FSUColumnsnewspaper andMoundannual, his students earned 53 national awards in five years from the Society for Collegiate Journalists and twice the paper was judged the best small, non-daily newspaper in the nation. In 2009 he was honored as the outstanding professor at both Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College. Another honor came in 2010 when he was given the West Virginia Distinguished Mountaineer Award -the highest honor bestowed by the governor for outstanding contributions to the state's overall welfare. In 2014 he was given the highest honor from SPJ when he was named the Wells Key recipient for his longtime contributions in advancing ethics for the Society. Since 2014 he has been a speaker specialist in media ethics for the U.S. Department of State and has aided journalists in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Pakistan and Jamaica with training.Contact: 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH43221; 614-247-0028

The Main Street Free Press Museum

Phone: 917-693-7664
Fax: 212-253-4083

The Main Street Free Press Museum

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The Museum, located one block north of the village Square, will be open for tours and printing demonstrations from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 5, Thursday Sept. 6, and Friday Sept. 7, and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday Sept. 8, 2018.

Main Street at Second Street, Fredericktown, Ohio   43019


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