See you  at PMDMC 2022 in Chicago, July 19-22, 2022.

Strengthening Local News Through Collaboration

General Interest
Dr. Hansen shares findings from the Local Public Media Playbook, a field guide for digital newsroom and public media mergers.
PMDMC 2021 Schedule
General Session

Open to all


Tuesday, August 11, 2020
12:00 p.m. (ET) / 9:00 a.m. (PT)
Duration: 60 minutes

What to expect

As local newspapers continue to downsize or close their doors, public broadcasters are working to increase their local news staff and digital reach. Simultaneously, journalist entrepreneurs are launching digital-only startups to fill the gaps in local coverage. This landscape is creating significant opportunities for collaboration and mergers that can strengthen the quality of local news in communities around the country.

Join Dr. Elizabeth Hansen, as she shares findings from the recently published Local Public Media Playbook, a field guide for future mergers between public media entities and local digital newsrooms. Learn about the strategic, technical, cultural, mission-based, financial, and branding challenges that may be faced as a result of a merger, including leadership dynamics and commercial versus non-commercial partnership concerns.

Please note: The live session is open to all, the recording will be available exclusively to Greater Public member stations and sponsoring organizations. 


Dr. Elizabeth Hansen
Research Fellow
Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy

Emily Roseman
Project Lead
Public Media Mergers Project