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Conference examines ways non-profit news organizations can save local news

May 23, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Media Advisory

MONTREAL – Unifor’s Media Council Conference will host a special guest speaker with a unique perspective on how to save local news. Advertising revenues are shrinking, forcing local newsrooms to shut down and leaving communities unable to access information that is important to them. Under this growing threat of extinction, local news organizations must find new and creative ways to survive and thrive.

Members of the media are invited to attend a keynote speech at the 25th Media Council Conference by Jason Alcorn, VP of operations for the American Journalism Project (AJP). The AJP is the first venture philanthropy organization focused on local news. Alcorn is an award-winning journalist and the project director for NewsMatch, an annual matching gift and capacity building campaign that has helped to raise more than $14 million for non-profit news organizations in the U.S. since 2016.

What:                   25th Media Council Conference

When:                  Friday, May 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET

Who:                   Jason Alcorn, VP of Operations, American Journalism Project

           Where:                Salon ABC, Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, 1201 Rene Levesque Blvd.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy, including 12,000 journalists and media workers. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications National Representative Christina Mitonidis at Christina.Mitonidis@Unifor.org  or at 647-327-9371 (cell).