“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.









 Where did it go? How to get it back?”

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,, 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.

John C. Long, Ombudsman in 1967-68 at the Ohio Wesleyan Transcript and in 1995-96 at The Courier-Journal, in Louisville, Ky.











                                  Ted  Diadiun                                                                                          John C. Long                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      




Forty-seven years ago, The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times appointed the first U.S. newspaper ombudsman, and the Ohio Wesleyan Transcript appointed the second. Over the next 40 years, dozens of U.S. newspapers and many more around the world appointed ombudsmen in order to be more responsive to readers and to strengthen their trust. But in the past 10 years, as 18,000 U.S. newsroom jobs disappeared, many ombudsman positions were lost. What did and do the ombudsmen accomplish, and how are others continuing the mission?






A First Amendment Test:

WHICH is true?




The press should be a watchdog over the government.

The government should be a watchdog over the press.

 A discussion in the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice’s secret seizure of telephone records of the Associated Press, the Edward Snowden NSA-leak affair, and the conviction and sentencing of leaker Bradley Manning of the U.S. Army. Panelists: Eva Parziale, AP regional director, and Timothy Daly Smith, Kent State University media-law professor and former Akron Beacon Journal managing editor. Moderator: John C. Long, director of The Main Street Free Press Museum.



















Eva Parziale

Timothy Daly Smith

The Main Street Free Press Museum

To contact us:

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

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