FROM OUR ARCHIVE
TO GIVE YOU A FURTHER IDEA OF WHAT OUR MUSEUM IS ABOUT, HERE ARE DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR MOST RECENT ANNUAL PROGRAMS:
“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 nine 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.
“TRUST IN THE PRESS:
Members of the public are invited to join this discussion, led by two veteran journalists, of a subject central to the operation of our democracy. Bruce Cadwallader worked for 30 years on four Ohio newspapers and views the issue not only from an inside-the-newsroom perspective, but also from outside, thanks to his later experience in public relations and as a public servant. Cadwallader is now Community Outreach Director for Franklin County Children’s Services in Columbus. He is a former national board member and regional director of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the nation’s oldest journalism professional organization, and former president and currently a vice president of SPJ’s Central Ohio chapter. The other discussion leader, John C. Long, directs the Museum, teaches journalism at St. John’s and Hofstra universities in and near New York City and worked for more than 40 years at The Courier-Journal in Louisville and The Wall Street Journal, and earlier at The Columbus Dispatch and Fredericktown’s weekly newspaper, the Knox County Citizen. He is a former president of SPJ’s Louisville and New York chapters and serves on the latter’s board.
“Challenges and Opportunities of Student Journalism”
Student journalism isn’t mere academic exercise. It’s as real as the journalism on the front page of The New York Times or The Columbus Dispatch or on the evening network TV news. And sometimes it’s even more challenging. What special challenges do high school journalists face? How does the journalistic playing field at private universities differ from that at public universities?
Get the answers to those and other questions — and bring some of your own — from a panel whose members have served for many years on the front lines of these issues:
Karen Allen, journalism and English teacher at Centerburg, Ohio, High School, adviser of the school’s award-winning student newspaper, The Trojan Crier, and co-adviser of the Student Board of the Ohio Scholastic Press Association, of which she is a board member.
Spencer Hunt, faculty editorial adviser of The Lantern, the storied student newspaper of Ohio State University.
Dr. Paul E. Kostyu, chair of the Department of Journalism at Ohio Wesleyan University and adviser of The Ohio Wesleyan Transcript, the nation’s oldest independent student newspaper.
John C. Long (moderator), who teaches journalism at St. John’s and Hofstra universities in New York after more than 40 years on daily newspapers (The Dispatch, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, and The Wall Street Journal) and who directs the Museum.
“What Happens When a Town Loses Its Newspaper –
Your Town and Your Newspaper?”
This year’s Museum program hits close to home. The building that is now the Museum formerly housed Fredericktown’s weekly newspaper, the Knox County Citizen, which was published there for 35 years by Rarick W. Long, who was a co-founder of the Museum in 2000. The Knox County Citizen continued to be published, under several owners and in several other locations in Fredericktown, after Mr. Long sold it in 1977 – until February of this year, when it was folded by its latest owner, Civitas Media LLC. Fredericktown had traced its weekly newspaper to 1845, and now it was gone. But the Citizen Editor Penny Smith and photojournalist Jason Bostic were determined to keep Fredericktown informed by founding a news website, TheFredericktownCitizen.com, reviving the name of the Fredericktown paper during the 1920s and ’30s, before it was renamed the Knox County Citizen.
Penny Smith and Jason Bostic, co-owners of The Fredericktown Citizen LLC, will talk about their adventure in keeping community journalism alive in Fredericktown. Museum Director John C. Long, who teaches journalism at St. John’s and Hofstra universities in the New York area, will moderate and provide background on how community newspapers elsewhere are dealing with similar developments.
“Keeping the Readers’ Trust”
With Ohio’s last and first newspaper ombudsmen
■ Ted Diadiun, Reader Representative of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, since 2005, the last newspaper ombudsman still standing in Ohio.
Timothy Daly Smith
The Main Street Free Press Museum
To contact us:
Phone or Text: 917-693-7664
Speaker: John C. Long. Director of The Main Street Free Press Museum, he has taught journalism at St. John’s and Hofstra universities in and near New York City, where he lives, for the past seven years. He was an editor at The Wall Street Journal for 10 years and for 30 years before that was a writer, editor, executive and ombudsman for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, for 30 years. He shared in a staff Pulitzer Prize at each paper. He was a reporter for The Columbus Dispatch while earning his journalism degree at Ohio Wesleyan University. He also edited Fredericktown’s weekly newspaper, The Knox County Citizen, with his father, who was a member of the Central Ohio Pro Society of Professional Journalists chapter for 48 years. John Long, in his 47th year in SPJ, is a member of both Central Ohio Pro and SPJ’s New York chapter, of which he is past president and currently president of the Deadline Club Foundation, the chapter’s fund-raising arm. He is also past president of the Louisville chapter. Earlier, he served five years on the founding staff of the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C.
John C. Long