"Newsout" -- the Future of News in New England -- on Saturday -- $5 for "friend"

It's not too late to register and join us on Saturday in Boston at "Newsout: What happens when the newsroom lights grow dim -- Strategies and options for New England communities." We're convening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boston University College of Communication.


DETAILS/REGISTER: http://www.newsout.org


In the last week, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has ceased printing and launched a web-only edition. Last night, in San Francisco, for two hours a group of about 15 citizens and journalists conducted a public-forum on what to do if the city's remaining mass-market daily, the San Francisco Chronicle shuts down.


Across the nation, and in New England, changes in the "news ecosystem" are changing how we learn and share information about our communities. How is that affecting participatory democracy? What can we do about it, as citizens and as news-industry practitioners?


Please join the New England News Forum at UMass Amherst, the Boston University College of Communication, the Boston Foundation, and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in a discussion and breakout on these questions. We've assembled a group of experts who have ideas and can talk about what's going on . . . on the ground . . . elsewhere.


Added to our group will be -- via Skype teleconference -- Tracy Record, who with her husband is making a living running the West Seattle Blog, which intimately covers the news in the Puget Sound community. She'll talk about how they're doing it.


For details and to register, go to: http://www.newsout.org


We've already put in the box-lunch order, but you can still register for coffee-danish and become a one-year member of the News Forum for $35.00. Or if you just want to attend, it's $15.00, with no food or membership.


************* BRING A FRIEND FOR AN EXTRA $5 *****************


If you register, you can send this email to a friend and invite them to register for the $5 "bring a friend" rate. No continental breakfast or lunch provided at that price; but there are restaurants right across the street from where we're meeting.


See you on Saturday!