For Press Freedom at the Grass Roots

  The Main Street Free Press Museum

     Current Programs and events

 

    (Except the Museum will close from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday Sept. 10 for its annual program a few steps away at First Baptist Church.)

 The Central Ohio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

and The Main Street Free Press Museum invite you to a program:

 

“What Happens When a Town Loses Its Newspaper –

Your Town and Your Newspaper?”

 

7:15-8:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
First Baptist Church, Fredericktown, Ohio
The church is one block east of the Public Square at 22 E. Sandusky St.

 

This year’s Museum program hits close to home. The building that is now the Museum formerly housed Fredericktown’s weekly newspaper, the Knox County Citizen, which was published there for 35 years by Rarick W. Long,  who was a co-founder of the Museum in 2000. The Knox County Citizen continued to be published, under several owners and in several other locations in Fredericktown, after Mr. Long sold it in 1977 – until February of this year, when it was folded by its latest owner, Civitas Media LLC. Fredericktown had traced its weekly newspaper to 1845, and now it was gone. But the Citizen Editor Penny Smith and  photojournalist Jason Bostic were determined to keep Fredericktown informed by founding a news website, TheFredericktownCitizen.com, reviving the name of the Fredericktown paper during the 1920s and ’30s, before it was renamed the Knox County Citizen.

 

Penny Smith and Jason Bostic, co-owners of The Fredericktown Citizen LLC, will talk about their adventure in keeping community journalism alive in Fredericktown. Museum Director John C. Long, who teaches journalism at St. John’s and Hofstra universities in the New York area, will moderate and provide background on how community newspapers elsewhere are dealing with similar developments. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 a parade begins 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, THIS WAS OUR ANNUAL PROGRAM A YEAR AGO, IN 2014:

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“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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM OUR ARCHIVES

 

THIS WAS OUR ANNUAL PROGRAM TWO YEARS AGO, IN 2013:

 

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“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.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Main Street Free Press Museum

Phone: 917-693-7664
Fax: 212-253-4083
Email: John.Long.FHS@gmail.com  

                   The Main Street Free Press Museum

To contact us:

The Museum will be open for tours and printing demonstrations from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 9, Thursday Sept. 10, and Friday Sept. 11, and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday Sept. 12, 2015.

Main Street at Second Street, Fredericktown, Ohio

Timothy Daly Smith

Eva Parziale

Ted Diadiun

John C. Long