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.

Jonathan Rintels of Creative Voices in Media

Jonathan Rintels is the executive director of Center for Creative Voices in Media, a non-profit organization that advocates the rights of writer and artists to express themselves freely in film and television. He recently joined Coy Barefoot on WINA’s “Charlottesville–Right Now!” to talk about the recent U.S Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision which overturned the FCC’s $550,000 fine for the Janet Jackson incident at the 2003 Superbowl. Rintels is also concerned about the increased role internet providers such as Comcast are playing in deciding what you can download. He says net neutrality is needed to protect consumers.