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Rolling Through the Future of Media in Oregon

Oregon Humanities takes conversation to the streets as a part of Pedalpalooza

June 8, 2012 | By Oregon Humanities

With hundreds of newspapers disappearing in the last decade, how and where will Americans get local news? Journalist Michael Andersen's Conversation Project program, Yesterday's News: The New Economics of Local Information, explores this question all year in communities around the state. But on Tuesday, June 12, Andersen will take this conversation to the streets with The Future of News Ride, part of Pedapalooza, Portland's month-long festival of bicycles. 

Andersen, an entrepreneurial journalist and the editor of Portland Afoot, a nonprofit magazine and website about low-car life in Portland, will lead an easy, family-friendly ride that reveals the social forces shaping media. Riders will weave through downtown and close-in southeast Portland and make stops at locations related to changing news media.

The ride begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, just north of the Burnside Bridge in Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, in Portland. The ride will end at the food cart pod on SE Hawthorne Boulevard and 12th Avenue. Participants are invited to bring cash for food and continue the conversation. For more information, contact Annie Kaffen by email (a.kaffen[at]oregonhumanities[dot]org) or at (503) 241-0543 ext. 116.