Main Street Free Press Museum program, “Trust in the Press”

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Members of the public are invited to join a discussion of trust in the press Thursday, Sept. 7, from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at First Baptist Church, one block east of Fredericktown’s Public Square.

The discussion — titled “Trust in the Press: Where did it go? How to get it back?” — is co-sponsored by Fredericktown’s Main Street Free Press Museum and the Columbus-based Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).  The discussion of this issue, central to the operation of our democracy, will be led by two veteran journalists:

Bruce Cadwallader worked for 30 years on four Ohio newspapers and views the issue not only from an inside-the-newsroom perspective, but also from outside, thanks to his later experience in public relations and as a public servant.  Cadwallader is now Community Outreach Director for Franklin County Children’s Services in Columbus. He is a former national board member and regional director of SPJ, the nation’s oldest journalism professional organization, and former president and currently a vice president of SPJ’s Central Ohio chapter.

The other discussion leader, John C. Long, directs the Museum, teaches journalism at St. John’s and Hofstra universities in and near New York City and worked for more than 40 years at The Courier-Journal in Louisville and The Wall Street Journal, and earlier at The Columbus Dispatch and Fredericktown’s Knox County Citizen.  He is a former president of SPJ’s Louisville and New York chapters and serves on the latter’s board.

This will be the 14th annual program on press freedom issues co-sponsored during the Tomato Show by the Museum and the Central Ohio SPJ chapter. The program is free.

The Museum, at Main and Second streets, a block north of the Square, will be open for tours and letterpress printing demonstrations before the program, at 6 p.m., and after the program, until 10 p.m.  It will also be open for tours and demonstrations from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Wednesday and Friday of the Tomato show, Sept. 6 and 8, and on Saturday, after the parade, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Museum has expanded this year, adding a room on the second floor, with newly found historic photographs and newspaper front pages that haven’t been displayed before.

More information can be found at the Museum’s FreePressMuseum.org website and also can be obtained by calling or emailing John Long at 917-693-7664 or John.Long.FHS@gmail.com