Writers as Witness: Why Local Journalism Matters
Writers as Witness
Why Local Journalism Matters
Wendesday, September 18, 7:30pm
In May 2018, five immigrant children died in a fire in a sub-standard housing complex in Greensboro. The complex was owned by a local realty company known to rent uninhabitable apartments, without water or heat, to immigrants and the disadvantaged. Spurred in part by this tragedy, local journalists began investigating housing in the Triad. This panel brings some of those journalists together, with other local reporters, to discuss the role of local media in the community and its ability to affect change. We'll talk about the challenges (economic, cultural, and political) which local media face in doing their job.
Jeffrey Millman, Executive Editor, Indy Week, Raleigh-Durham
Indy Week is a tabloid style weekly and has been instrumental in covering the conflicts over Confederate Statues in the Raleigh-Durham area, the rise of White Nationalism in the State, as well as music, art, and culture in the Triangle area. Indy Week was founded in 1983.
Phoebe Zerwick, Freelance Journalist, Faculty, Wake Forest University
Phoebe has over twenty years of experience as an investigative reporter, narrative writer, and newspaper editor. In 2003, she wrote an eight-part investigative for the Winston Salem Journal about the wrongful conviction for murder of Darryl Hunt. A month after the story ran, DNA evidence led to Hunt's release. She currently directs the Journalism Program at Wake Forest University.
Jordan Green, Senior Editor, Triad City Beat
Jordan Green has covered the Greensboro Housing issues, as well as ongoing stories on White Nationalism and Greensboro policing issues for Triad City Beat, a tabloid style weekly in Greensboro. He has also published stories in The Guardian, among others. Triad City Beat was founded in 2014.
Bob's Your Uncle, Reporter, WFDD, NPR affiliate, Winston Salem
In 2019, WFDD, in collaboration with X and Y, produced a multi-part radio series on Housing Issues in the Triad.