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Rosenmeier Forum includes distinguished journalists with extensive experience – Brainerd Dispatch covers their insights


Will Our Local Newspaper Survive? Veteran Journalists Discuss the Changing Landscape

Insights into the Future of Small Newspapers

BRAINERD — Two veteran central Minnesota journalists, Tom West and Pete Mohs, will offer insights into the rapidly changing landscape of small newspapers at a 7 p.m. Oct. 30 forum titled “Will Our Local Newspaper Survive?” The forum is presented by the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Open Discussion on the Future of Local Newspapers

The open discussion forum is open to the public at no charge and will take place at the Chalberg Theatre. For those who are unable to attend in person, a YouTube livestream of the event will be available. You can access the livestream using this link: youtube.com/watch?v=wwgAc7TsB74 The forum will be moderated by Crow Wing County Administrator Tim Houle, a member of the Rosenmeier board.

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Tom West: A Voice of Experience in Small Newspaper Publishing

Tom West, a retired newspaper publisher, editor, and reporter, brings 42 years of experience in the Minnesota newspaper industry to the discussion. Throughout his career, West worked in various cities including Waseca, Mankato, Janesville, Duluth, Little Falls, and Sauk Centre. He served as the president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association from 2004-2005 and received numerous awards for his editorial writing. West continues to contribute as a volunteer member of the Adams Publishing Group’s East Central Minnesota Editorial Board.

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Pete Mohs: Navigating the Changing Landscape of Newspaper Publishing

Pete Mohs, who began his newspaper career in 1976 as a sports writer for the St. Cloud Times, brings his expertise in reporting, sports journalism, and publishing to the forum. Over the years, Mohs has worked in various roles at the Brainerd Dispatch and currently serves as the publisher for eight publications under the Northern Lakes Group. He previously served on the Minnesota Newspaper Association Board and was the association’s president in 2014.

The Journey of Local Newspapers

The discussion will shed light on the challenges and opportunities faced by local newspapers in today’s rapidly evolving media landscape. Both West and Mohs have witnessed firsthand the impact of technological advancements and changing reader preferences on small newspapers.

Senators Push for Fair Competition

In a related development, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) have reintroduced the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. The act aims to enable news publishers to collectively negotiate with digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, to ensure fair competition in the journalism industry.

The Role of the Rosenmeier Center

The forum is organized by the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government, established in 1989 to honor the contributions of Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier to Minnesota as a state legislator. The center focuses on addressing critical issues affecting local communities and is based at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Join the Discussion

Don’t miss out on this invaluable opportunity to participate in the discussion on the survival of local newspapers. Mark your calendars for the “Will Our Local Newspaper Survive?” forum on October 30th at 7 p.m. If you can’t attend in person, you can still join the conversation by accessing the YouTube livestream link provided. Stay informed about the future of local journalism and the challenges it faces in the digital age.

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