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Scarborough Public Library

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48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04070 United States
207.396.6279 www.scarboroughlibrary.org

November 2019

The Case for Unbiased News-Richard Valdmanis speaks at the Scarborough Public Library

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04070 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Richard Valdmanis at the Scarborough Public Library on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to all. A significant change in the news media in recent decades has been the shift toward partisan coverage. Technological and political factors have been major contributors, from the impact of presidential tweets on financial markets to how the US is struggling with the realities of climate science. In his presentation, The Case for Unbiased News, Richard Valdmanis will discuss how this trend under-serves news consumers and can lead to poor decision making - from the halls of finance, to Congress, and to the voting booth. Valdmanis will make the case for news outlets and news consumers to make a better effort to produce and seek out coverage that is free from partisan bias.  Richard Valdmanis joined Reuters in 1999 as a news assistant on the energy…

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The Role of Social Media in the Arab Spring-Kathleen Howard Sutherland speaks at the Scarborough Public Library

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04070 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kathleen Howard Sutherland, PhD, at the Scarborough Public Library on Sunday, November 17 at 2pm. This event is free and open to all. World regimes’ use of social media in their reactions to popular uprisings reflects the new power of modern technology...and the varied users’ skill in employing it. In her presentation, The Role of Social media in the Arab Spring, Kathleen Howard Sutherland will discuss the various forms of media that were used to promote political action on the streets against authoritarian regimes across the Middle East - including the video posted by a young Egyptian woman that cut across classes and sectors of society to help spark a remarkable mass uprising. Kathleen Howard Sutherland, PhD, is Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Women’s Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (BGSU) specializing in Middle East Studies. She taught at the American University…

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December 2019

The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century-Presented by Dan Kennedy

December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04070 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Dan Kennedy at the Scarborough Public Library on Thursday, December 12 at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to all. The fate of newspapers, whether in print or online, matters to democracy. Despite the battering they have taken during the past several decades, they remain crucial for holding government and other large institutions to account. In his recent book, The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century, Dan Kennedy explores how that iron core might be preserved. His presentation will examine this new breed of wealthy newspaper publishers and whether they have any lessons to offer for the beleaguered news business. The Return of the Moguls has been critically praised by Journalism, Editor & Publisher, The Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal. Dan Kennedy is a nationally known media commentator and a regular panelist…

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