'Who Needs Newspapers?' Find out at forum Saturday

The Ashland branch of the American Association of University Women will present a look at the state of American newspapers in a forum at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Masonic Lodge, 570 Clover Lane, Ashland.

The forum, titled "Who Needs Newspapers?," will be based on a state-by-state report on newspapers written by former Ashland residents Paul Steinle and Sara Brown, who visited newspapers in all 50 states and reported on how the papers serve their communities and what they are doing to survive in the digital era.

The pair also have published a 230-page paperback book, "The Power and Purpose of Journalism," which is a compilation of journalists' epiphanies that they collected during their travels.

Steinle is a former president of United Press International and the Financial News Network, and news director at Seattle's KING-TV; Brown is a former human resources executive at the Vancouver, Wash., Columbian and the Los Angeles Times. Steinle also was a journalism professor and associate provost at Southern Oregon University before embarking on the newspaper project.

For more information, see whoneedsnewspapers.org.

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