The future of local independent journalism won’t look like its past. And while that is creating unprecedented challenges for newsrooms, it is also opening up new opportunities to reimagine the role of local news in communities. In this session Dan Gillmor and Josh Stearns will discuss how people across country are rebuilding new models of local news from the ground up. They will discuss how community-driven journalism is changing how journalism is produced and used and why collaborations and new journalism networks are becoming increasingly critical to fostering strong and resilient newsrooms. Finally, this session will explore how local newsrooms with small budgets and little free time can test big ideas, experiment and innovate around business models and revenue strategies.

The session will take as its starting point some of the issues raised in the article The future of journalism will not look like its past by Dan Gillmor and Josh Stearns.