Informed Citizen series launches this week with focus on local news

Interested in the local news landscape and state of the news industry?

The Great Falls Public Library is hosting an Informed Citizen series this month.

The three-part series is being supported by grants from Humanities Montana in partnership with Enbar.

The series begins Oct. 3 at Enbar with Dennis Swibold hosting “What Happened to the News?”

The program “takes listeners behind the curtain to reveal how the news is made and explain the revolutionary changes facing today’s fast-paced news media. It also offers citizens tools and techniques for staying well-informed amid the virtual blizzard of information—and for participating directly in the civic debates crucial to their communities, state and nation.”

Swibold is a professor and director at the University of Montana’s School of Journalism where he has taught for 27 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona in 1979 and a master’s in journalism from UM in 1991.

On Oct. 10 at Enbar, Courtney Cowgill will present “Newstrition.”

Carrots and journalism have more in common than you might think. Cowgill shares what she’s learned after 20 years in the media and 10 years of farming—when it comes to feeding themselves with either food or information, people will support something they can trust.

On Oct. 16 at the Great Falls Public Library, the series will have a panel with local news media leaders, including The Electric, Great Falls Tribune and KFBB, who will share how they report the news.