Changing Landscape in Local News

Find out how news is evolving to be part of the future.

Moderator: Bernardo H. Motta, RWU


Belén Dumont, Reporter and Editor for New England Latino News Network

An experienced multimedia journalist, Dumont writes stories relevant to Hispanics-Latinos including the responses to social problems, providing insights by evaluating the evidence of what is working and not working, including what can be learned from the limitations (of a response).


Jo Detz, ecoRI News Co-founder

Joanna has a passion for the free press and believes in the power of community journalism. She has an interest in social-justice journalism that stems back to the first time she read Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” a book that also, incidentally, set her on the path to a beef-free lifestyle.


Joe Amditis, Center for Cooperative Media

Joe Amditis is the assistant director of products and events at the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and an adjunct professor in the School of Communication and Media. He is the producer and host of the WTF Just Happened Today podcast.


Dr. Richard Watts, Center for Community News, University of Vermont
Richard Watts is the founder of the Center for Community News, Co-Director of the Reporting & Documentary Storytelling program at the University of Vermont and coordinator of the Community News Service – a state-wide, multi-outlet academic-news partnership with a mission to provide content to community news outlets and give students applied learning experiences. Richard has a master’s degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a Ph.D. related to media studies from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and has worked as a reporter, campaign manager, policy analyst and researcher.

Simon Galperin, Community Info Coop

Simon Galperin is Executive Director of the Community Info Coop, a nonprofit leading journalism innovation in the public interest. He leads the organization’s New Jersey local news lab, Just Transition program, and public funding initiatives. He is a 2022 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

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