The authors of these books will speak. Courtesy of the Virginia Festival of The Book.

The Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville will hold a virtual session on “The Critical Role of Local Journalism” on March 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Authors and media specialists Christopher Ali (Farm Fresh Broadband) and Jennifer Lawless (News Hole) share their work and discuss the many challenges to open access to local news, including struggling newspapers, limited coverage of local government, and a widening divide between rural and urban broadband access. In conversation with Jim Brady of the Knight Foundation. This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

The virtual session is free. You can register on the festival’s website.

Cardinal News is one of the co-sponsors of this session.