Producer/Host: Ron Beard
Talk of the Towns: Local Community concerns and opportunities
We know the media landscape is changing, here in Maine, as elsewhere. Where do we get? our? news and information, and how do we test it for accuracy? And how does today’s media intersect with making decisions in a democracy?
Ron Beard, host of Talk of the Towns, talks with guests Kate Cough, reporter for the Maine Monitor, Faith DeAmbrose, editor of the Mount Desert Islander newspaper, Michael Socolow, Journalism Professor from University of Maine and WERU’s ?own ?News and Public Affairs Manager, Amy Browne.? They share perceptions about Maine’s changing media landscape and what it means for democracy and citizen discourse.?
Kate Cough, Reporter, The Maine Monitor
Faith DeAmbrose, Managing Editor, The Mount Desert Islander
Michael Socolow, Media historian and Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism, University of Maine
Amy Browne, News and Public Affairs Manager, WERU Community Radio
About the host:
Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals.