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April 13 film preview and panel discussion of  the hostile takeover of news organizations and the impact on the public’s right to know.

Ark Valley Voice readers are invited to view the trailer of a new documentary film that follows the desperate attempts by Colorado journalists and citizens to fight off hedge funds and disinformation to save journalism — and even democracy itself.

The film, which includes the struggle of The Denver Post and other respected newsrooms to fend off the corporate raiders, is scheduled for later this month on PBS.

The News Matters film preview and panel discussion is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 and an introduction to this special event is available here:

Readers can watch the trailer for this important documentary “News Matters” here:

The founders of our country thought that a free press was so important to the protection of the new democracy they created, that they put protection of that freedom of the press into the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Over the past several years, fact-based news organizations have increasingly been targeted by private equity firms and hedge funds exhibiting the worst of capitalistic behaviors; purchased the news organizations, stripping the assets, firing newsroom staff, and effectively silencing the free press.

Readers are invited to be part of the release of this important film for our times and to join us for a panel discussion featuring many of the journalists in the film.
WHAT:  News Matters film preview and panel discussion –
WHEN:  7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Laura Frank, Executive Director of COLab, the Colorado News Collaborative, which works with more than 100 news organizations and their communities toward better news. Ark Valley Voice is a member of the Colorado News Collaborative (COLab).
Greg Moore, Former Editor of The Denver Post who left rather than continue to cut staff.
Chuck Plunkett, Former Editorial Page Editor of The Denver Post who led an internal revolt.
Larry Ryckman, Editor-Owner of The Colorado Sun, which he co-founded after leaving the Post.
Dana Coffield, Senior Editor-Owner of The Colorado Sun, which she co-founded after leaving the Post.
Paul Cheung, Director of Journalism + Technology Innovation at Knight Foundation
Ken Doctor, CEO of Lookout Local and Publisher of Newsonomics
Brian Malone, Filmmaker, News Matters

News Matters will have its broadcast premiere on Rocky Mountain PBS at 10:00 p.m. April 27 and 7:00 p.m. April 29 and then be offered to PBS stations nationally later this spring.

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