February 25, 2018
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Public Interest Reporting founders to speak

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SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Southwest Harbor Public Library invites all to a presentation about the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting was founded three years ago. Its purpose is to hold public officials accountable, unencumbered by partisanship, ideology or financial ties, and without fear of favor. The result has been independent investigative reporting that serves the public.

Center founders and senior reporters John Christie and Naomi Schalit will discuss the critical connection between journalism and democracy. They will provide an inside look into how investigative journalism is done and introduce their website, “Be Your Own Watchdog” that gives readers investigative reporting tools.

“This new form of journalism is dedicated to the concept that a well-informed public is essential to democracy,” said Christie.

Schalit adds, “By bringing previously unknown or unreported problems into the public eye, the Center’s journalism has given citizens reliable information about state and local government that has prodded government officials into making significant changes.”

This public forum is free. For more information, call the Library, 244-7065.