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Evenings Upstairs – The Future of News



McCracken County Public Library presents an Evening Upstairs with Tom Eblen, Journalist, Editor, Writer, & Photographer! 

Eblen, a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, will discuss the economic, technological, and societal forces reshaping American journalism.

Newsprint is going away. Cable TV and commercial radio are declining. Digital delivery has become king, but social media has created a sphere of propaganda, misinformation, and “fake” news. While there has never been greater need for fact-based journalism, the local/regional news industry hasn’t developed a new business model to replace traditional advertising. As the ranks of professional journalists dwindle, what are the implications for government and corporate accountability — if not American democracy?

Eblen is an independent journalist, writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. He was a columnist for The Lexington Herald-Leader from 2008-2019 and the managing editor from 1998-2008. He previously worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Associated Press.

He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016. He also has served as writing and story coach since 1995 at The Mountain Workshops, an annual visual storytelling workshop sponsored by Western Kentucky University. He was the recipient of the media award in the Governor’s Awards in the Arts in 2013.

Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities Council.


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