A monthly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The conversations are informal, edgy and always informative. If Warren's asking, you want to know the answer.
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In this episode we hear the thoughts and experiences of ADAM CANTWELL-CORN, one of the co-founders of The Bristol Cable, on the opportunities and challenges for community-based journalism. (If you want to watch a version of this podcast and see Adam's slides, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9m41rcgaEw) The crisis in the news industry has in many ways been felt most acutely at the local level where there are no economies of scale and smaller profit margins. In a region like the north east – or the south west - this creates the potential for a serious democratic deficit. While mainstream local media has been struggling to cope with the challenge presented by the internet, community news organiations – sometimes in print, sometimes online – are blossoming. From the Medocino Voice in California, updating residents around the clock about the spread of wildfires, to the Bristol Cable’s investigations into local council actions against rough sleepers, grassroots local journalism initiatives are emerging to fill the gaps. * This podcast is brought to you by The Civic Journalism Lab, a forum for professional, student and community journalists in the north east of England to meet, learn and collaborate. It’s supported by Newcastle University and by BBC North East & Cumbria. Follow us on Twitter: @CivicJLab