Everyone knows about the challenge facing newspapers. And television. And radio. And on and on. But what's rising up to take their place? It's a subject of endless fascination for those in the media, but the big question mark is: what about the general public? What do they want? What do they need? The questions are particularly crucial in a smaller, more isolated community like Santa Cruz. Younger people especially are ignoring print publications in favor of online sites. So where do they go to find out what's happening in their own communities?
Santa Cruz NEXT, the non-profit Santa Cruz group for the 25-45 age group, wants to answer that question. NEXT will sponsor a panel discussion next Tuesday on the information needs of the 21st Century. The panel will be moderated by Andrea Mangini of Autodesk, and will be held at the Museum of Art and History from 6 to 8 p.m. Also speaking will be Nate Hill, chief digital librarian for the San Jose Library System, Nina Simon, executive director of the Museum of Art and History, and Ron Vincent, social media lead for the city of San Francisco.
The idea behind the event is that media and information services are going through major change -- and that government, institutions and media all need to recalibrate how they think about getting information out to the public.
No registration is required -- and a $5 donation will be requested at the door.