Camden Conference presents ‘Demise of the Local Newspaper’ with Tom Groening, Jay Davis

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BELFAST —  At one time Belfast, population about 5,000, had three weekly newspapers, The Republican Journal, The Waldo Independent and Village Soup. Anyone who wanted to understand what was happening in town read both The Republican Journal and The Waldo Independent every Thursday, according to Camden Conference, in a news release. 

Those days are over; access to local news is limited in communities all over the country. Why and how did that happen? What does it mean? 

Jay Davis and Tom Groening will consider those questions, Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m., in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.

Jay Davis was a founding editor of the Waldo Independent and former editor of The Republican Journal.

Tom Groening, has been twice editor of The Republican Journal, former editorial page editor of the Bangor Daily News and is now the present editor of Working Waterfront.

This event is free and open to all.

Hosted by the Belfast Free Library, this event is presented in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference — The Media Revolution: Changing the World, February 21-23, 2020, live at the Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall in Portland.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues.

For more information, visit or call 207-236-1034.

Event Date: 

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 6:30pm

Event Location: 

Belfast Free Library


Belfast Free Library
Belfast  Maine
United States