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Independent Media Forum to Feature Locally Owned News Sources


Mayor Hillary Schieve Providing Introductory Comments

Reno’s independent and locally owned news sources are meeting March 15 for a forum to discuss challenges and opportunities faced in today’s media climate.

“We often don’t get much credit for being newsbreakers, but collectively these independent sources, such as blogs, magazines, and online news sites, have for years been filling niches while corporate-owned news sources have focused less on local news and more on content from out-of-state networks,” said organizer Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve will give the introduction.

“(Independent media) are now more important that ever for credibility … and to engage a local community,” she said.

Confirmed participants include:

  • Nico Colombant, Our Town Reno
  • Oliver X, Reno Tahoe Tonight’s Fan Page
  • Lynnette Bellin, Reno Moms Blog
  • Samantha Szesciorka, Sagebrush Rider
  • Amanda Burden, Edible Reno-Tahoe Magazine
  • Bob Conrad, This Is Reno
  • Dana Nollsch, Reno Arts News
  • Mike McDowell, Reno Dads
  • Michelle Billman, Reno Public Radio
  • Brad Bynum, Reno News & Review

The group held a similar forum two years ago. Topics anticipated to be covered include:

  • Is locally owned media an antidote to so-called “fake news”?
  • How can we further invest in our local economy while corporate news serves out-of-state interests?
  • What kind of content is considered off limits?
  • How can we adapt to and exploit new platforms and tech?
  • What do independent publications need to survive and thrive?

The event is as the Innevation Center, 450 Sinclair Street, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Advanced tickets are required and may be purchased online:

Seating is limited.

Bob Conrad :Bob Conrad is co-founder of ThisisReno. He manages ThisisReno and Conrad Communications, LLC, his marketing communications consulting company (disclosure: he has two part-time contracts working for the University of Nevada, Reno). He is a part-time faculty member at Truckee Meadows Community College and is a regular contributor to Reno Public Radio.

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  • I have observed that Gannett Media, who controls major newspapers in Reno, Phoenix, Palm Springs, and elsewhere, including USA Today, provides limited investigative journalism, and tends to favor developers when there are controversies over regional growth and urban planning. I would love to see one of the news sources above become a formidable in print competitor, with the Reno Gazette Journal. I believe this will ultimately happen in Reno, due to the number of highly educated journalists entering the market from Northern California. In Phoenix, the in print competitors include twelve in print newspapers, distributed to the various suburbs, listed here: