As the newspaper industry falters it’s becoming more difficult for people to find out about the news in their local communities. Can community journalism be saved?

A panel of local editors, publishers, and communicators will tackle this question at the Lawrence Township Community Foundation’s community conversation, “Best Ways to Deliver News to the Community,” on Thursday, January 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Educational Testing Service, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton. The event is open to the public. More information is online at

The event will begin with remarks by LCTF president Rachel Cantlay, ETS executive director Lenora Green, Lawrence Township manager Kevin Nerwinski, and the panelists. The panel will discuss how their organizations deliver local news and the challenges they face. These opening remarks will be followed by multiple small-table discussions, facilitated by the panelists, each focusing on ideas for improving communication among media, organizations and the community. The groups will discuss challenges and brainstorm methods for implementing positive changes in the community.

Panelists include Kristine Brown, assistant vice president of marketing and communications at Rider University; John Mozes, general manager of the Rider University radio station; Joe Eisele, publisher of Newspaper Media Group, which publishes the Princeton Packet; Lea Kahn, reporter for the Princeton Packet; Lana Mueller, operations manager of Lawrence Township Public Schools; and Ingrid Reed, founder of NJ Spotlight.

Also Richard K. Rein, editorial director of Community News Service and U.S. 1; Joe Emanski, managing editor of Community News Service; Samantha Sciarrotta, editor of the Lawrence Gazette, also published by Community News Service; and James Thompson, an organizer for Free Press, a nonprofit media advocacy group.

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