– This is the second program in a two-part series on the past, present and future of journalism, reporting, and accountability. Local newspapers provide the soundtrack of our communities, hold our public officials accountable, and help us better understand our nation and our world. But the state of local journalism has never been in greater peril. More than 2,000 local newspapers have closed since 2005. Over 36,000 journalists have lost their jobs, been furloughed or have taken pay cuts just since the pandemic. Many newspapers have cut days of publication or closed altogether because of the loss of advertising revenue. “Media Deserts”, geographical communities where there is no longer a local newspaper, are on the rise. In the last 18 years, the number of newspapers in Colorado has dropped by over 16%. This development concerns us all. Featuring Macie May of the Longmont Leader, Sergio Angeles of Longmont Public Media, Biff Warren of the Lefthand Courier, and Silvia Solis, a former reporter. Moderated by Tim Waters, Longmont City Council. Sunday, October 9, 3 PM, Part I: The Big Picture Sunday, October 30, 3 PM, Part II: The Local Scene Learn more and make free reservations at www.longmontmuseum.org or call 303-651-8374.