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CoastLine: Local News After Capitol Gazette Shooting

A gunman shot and killed five newsroom employees June 28th at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.  That tragedy, at a local, community paper which has been in business for nearly 300 years – yes, that’s older than the United States – has rattled newsrooms around the country. 

While this event is unusual, it raises questions about the safety of reporters today, their purpose, and the significance and trustworthiness of local journalism.  What is this new environment that journalists and newsrooms find themselves in – or has this possibility been there all along?   

With us to explore the challenges of local journalism, the pitfalls, the limitations, and the mission:

Tim Buckland, Senior Government and Politics Reporter for StarNews Media; he also covers New Hanover County.

Rob Kaiser, Publisher of The Greater Wilmington Business Journal and Wilma; former business reporter for the Chicago Tribune 

Ben Schachtman, Managing Editor, Port City Daily

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.
Rachel is a graduate of UNCW's Master of Public Administration program, specializing in Urban and Regional Policy and Planning. She also received a Master of Education and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French Language & Literature from NC State University. She served as WHQR's News Fellow from 2017-2019. Contact her by email: rkeith@whqr.org or on Twitter @RachelKWHQR