Disinvested – Ill-Informed: Are We Doing Enough To Address Memphis’ News Deserts?


Join StoryBoard Memphis Monday evening April 13 in a lively panel discussion about the national local news crisis and how we are addressing our news deserts in Memphis.

Particularly in our disinvested neighborhoods and communities in a digital divide, are we doing enough with our existing resources to address our local news and information deserts? 

FREE Registration Below

Host StoryBoard Memphis and publisher Mark Fleischer invites the public, the media and community leaders to join in the discussion on our national news crisis and explore if we are doing enough here in Memphis to address our own crises. Hear from those hard at work helping to solve our community- and neighborhood-news and information deserts, from key figures in our civic-focused, local nonprofit news and information sources: Caroline Bauman of Chalkbeat, Emily Trenholm of High Ground News, Jeff Hulett of Key Public Strategies, and Wendi C. Thomas of MLK50, Justice Through Journalism.

  • WHEN: Monday, April 13, 6-8PM
  • WHERE: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis 38111

For your FREE registration, please go the Eventbrite event link here.

Your Panelists:

  • Caroline Bauman, Chalkbeat.org. Caroline, who previously served as Chalkbeat Tennessee’s community editor, now connects Chalkbeat with its readers as their community engagement strategist.
  • Emily Trenholm, High Ground News. Emily began her Memphis career with the Community Development Council and BLDG Memphis. She is now High Ground’s Publisher and Community Engagement Manager.
  • Jeff Hulett, Key Public Strategies. Jeff handles communication needs for Neighborhood Preservation, Inc., and does freelance PR and consulting for Playback Memphis, Church Health, BLDG Memphis and StoryBoard Memphis.
  • Wendi C. Thomas, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism. Previously a columnist and editor at The Commercial Appeal, Wendi is the editor and publisher of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, a nonprofit newsroom in Memphis focused on poverty, power and public policy.

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