As a long-time practitioner of daily newspaper journalism who sees the economic model of the newspaper industry sinking (and broadcast journalism isn’t in much better shape), Mary looks into what will happen to cities if/when the mass media splinter. With all of the “new media” journalism: the emerging trends of crowd-sourcing, blogging, YouTube, Twitter and the general explosion of information available to people, this makes virtually anyone, a potential journalist. What are the implications for information, and for the dependability of that information?
Mary Newsom is a columnist, blogger and editorial board member at the Charlotte Observer, the largest daily newspaper in North Carolina. An expert on city and regional growth and urban design, she spent the 2007-08 academic year as a Nieman Fellow studying at Harvard University. From 2005-06 she was a fellow in the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture.
Mary is a member of the Citistates Group, a team of writers, researchers and practitioners focused on the economic, environmental and social challenges facing metropolitan regions. She was a founding member of the nonprofit discussion groups Civic By Design and the Charlotte Urban Forum.