Left of Center: Is Charlottesville Media Doomed?

News media across the country are collapsing. After recent staff cuts, furloughs and the shutdown of local printing for the Daily Progress, will Media General be doing more downsizing? Can we support four TV stations? Two weeklies? Will blogs replace all of them? What about the partnership between the non-profit Charlottesville Tomorrow and the Daily Progress, being watched nationally as a possible future model for local news?

That topic was the subject of a Left of Center forum jointly sponsored with cvillenews.com. The event is moderated by site founder Waldo Jaquith.

University of Virginia media studies professor Bruce Williams began with a historical overview of how changing “media regimes” in the U.S. have impacted political communication and civil society, and how the recent ‘broadcast era’ may have been an anomaly in the larger sweep of American history.

Then the event continues with a panel discussion with Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Sean Tubbs, Daily Progress assistant city editor Josh Barney, and Hook editor Hawes Spencer, with moderator Waldo Jaquith, editor of cvillenews.com and Left of Center steering committee member.

From the archives: Daily Progress gets a theme song!

In April 2005, the Charlottesville Municipal Band debuted the Daily Progress March. That meant that the Daily Progress finally had something in common with papers such as the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. Nellysford composer Paul T. Richards scored a rousing march for the Media General-owned newspaper which was first performed in front of a crowded house at Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Dickinson Theatre. We were there to bring you this report.

Special thanks to Tom Allebrandi for providing us with the audio of the song