Penny Abernathy will be the featured speaker at a panel meeting of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Task Force on Free Expression in the Digital Age on Monday September 16. The panel meeting will be livestreamed for the public starting at 9 a.m.
The task force, announced by NYSBA President Hank Greenberg this past June, has set out to tackle the crisis of local journalism in the digital age and will make recommendations on how New York state, the legal, and business sectors can protect local news and define the future of local media in New York and across the country.
Abernathy, a renowned journalism professional and the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina, is a leading expert on the crisis and economics of the decline of local journalism. Her experience as a reporter, editor and senior media business executive gives her a unique perspective in preserving quality journalism by helping news organizations succeed economically in the digital world.
New York has been directly impacted by the loss of hometown journalism. According to a 2018 study published by Professor Abernathy, “the number of newspapers in New York state has decreased by 34 percent since 2004.”
Viewers will be allowed to ask questions of the presenter in the chat feature on the livestreaming platform. Chats will be monitored by a moderator.
About New York State Association
The New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since 1876, NYSBA has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our communities.
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