(Except the Museum will close from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 4 for its program “Keeping the Readers’ Trust,” a few steps away at First Baptist Church, one block east of Public Square, 22 E. Sandusky Street.
The Central Ohio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
and The Main Street Free Press Museum invite you to a program
on freedom of the press:
“Keeping the Readers’ Trust”
With Ohio’s last and first newspaper ombudsmen:
■ Ted Diadiun, Reader Representative of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, since 2005, the last newspaper ombudsman still standing in Ohio.
■ John C. Long, Ombudsman in 1967-68 at the Ohio Wesleyan Transcript and in 1995-96 at The Courier-Journal, in Louisville, Ky.
Forty-seven years ago, The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times appointed the first U.S. newspaper ombudsman, and the Ohio Wesleyan Transcript appointed the second. Over the next 40 years, dozens of U.S. newspapers and many more around the world appointed ombudsmen in order to be more responsive to readers and to strengthen their trust. But in the past 10 years, as 18,000 U.S. newsroom jobs disappeared, many ombudsman positions were lost. What did and do the ombudsmen accomplish, and how are others continuing the mission?
7:15-8:15 p.m., Thursday Sept. 4, 2014
First Baptist Church, Fredericktown, Ohio
The church is one block east of the Public Square at 22 E. Sandusky Street.
Tours, demonstrations and program are free and open to the public.
■ The Thursday program and the Wednesday through Saturday Museum tours and demonstrations are held in conjunction with an annual community festival, the Fredericktown Tomato Show. A wide variety of food, including Knox County Porkette sandwiches, barbecue, bean soup, tomato bread, ice cream and home-baked pie, will be available at booths on Main Street, along with many exhibits and activities. And there will be a parade at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more information about the Tomato Show, visit http://www.tomatoshow.com
■ For driving and parking directions, please click the Contact and Information link in the column at upper left.
FROM OUR ARCHIVES
TO GIVE YOU A FURTHER IDEA OF WHAT OUR MUSEUM IS ABOUT, HERE IS IWHAT WE DID A YEAR AGO, IN 2013:
“WHO’S WATCHING WHOM?”
A First Amendment Test:
WHICH is true?
□ The press should be a watchdog over the government.
□ The government should be a watchdog over the press.
A discussion in the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice’s secret seizure of telephone records of the Associated Press, the Edward Snowden NSA-leak affair, and the conviction and sentencing of leaker Bradley Manning of the U.S. Army.
Panelists: Eva Parziale, AP regional director, and Timothy Daly Smith, Kent State University media-law professor and former Akron Beacon Journal managing editor. Moderator: John C. Long, director of The Main Street Free Press Museum.