March Monthly Meeting: What’s Up with the Local News Media?
The March Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Education House, 5 Homeside Lane, White Plains, NY. Our guests will be Richard Liebson, Central Westchester Reporter for lohud/The Journal News, John F. Bailey, who produces the White Plains CitizeNetReporter -- some say it was the inspiration for Ariana’s Huffington Post -- and Catherine Cioffi, Communications Director for Westchester County Executive George Latimer, and former WCBS 880 AM general assignment reporter. Richard, John and Catherine will tell us “What’s Up with the Local News Media” and take questions.
The local media has evolved and changed in recent times. Reporters used to attend most of the City and County meetings, providing in-depth reporting. Today professional journalists are rarely around to report, ask questions, and shed light on important issues. Websites, blogs and local weekly newspapers do their best to fill the gap, but they don’t have the resources many believe necessary
At a time when mainstream media is seeking sugar-daddies, and the majority of Americans get their news from Facebook, Rich, John, and Catherine will talk about the crisis in communication and take questions about the future of local media and how it can serve the citizenry.
RICHARD LIEBSON was an Information Specialist and translator for the U.S. Army in Germany after training at the Defense Information School. Returning stateside, he joined the Journal News in 1983 as a part-time reporter, promoted to full-time in 1985. He's had a number of beats over the years including education, municipal government and public safety. He's also been a columnist and city editor for central Westchester.
JOHN F. BAILEY has been producing The White Plains CitizeNetReporter, his White Plains news and opinion blog since 2000. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, he was an advertising copywriter for the Readers Digest, and then a freelance copywriter, before founding WPCNR.
CATHERINE CIOFFI majored in communications and journalism at Fordham, where she earned a B.A.. Although she went on to take a J.D. in Law at Pace, the bulk of her career has been in news, communications and marketing. From 2001 to 2012, she worked as reporter/anchor at NY news outlets, including at WFUV, WBGO, ABC News, Clear Channel, the AP and WCBS. After a year as a law clerk, she signed on with Mercy College in 2013 to do public relations and marketing. She rose to Director of Community Relations and Community Relations for Mercy before joining County Executive Latimer's staff this year.
The meeting is open to the public -- bring your friends, neighbors, and questions -- and will start promptly at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
This is sure to be a lively evening so please come early to get a good seat, and allow time for audience participation and networking.
1. Annual WPCNA dues for 2018 are still only $25. Annual dues are payable by the March Regular meeting. Neighborhood association delegates should bring a check payable to WPCNA to the meeting or mail their check to WPCNA/Tom Osbeck PO Box 602 White Plains NY 10602. One check per association.
2. 2018 Meeting Schedule 1/9/2018, 2/13/2018, 3/13/2018, 4/10/2018, 5/8/2018, 6/12/2018, 9/11/2018, 10/9/2018, 11/13/2018, 12/11/2018. All meetings are second Tuesdays.
If you'd like to speak or have a suggestion for a future WPCNA meeting, please let us know.