In response to unprecedented changes sweeping the New Orleans journalism landscape, a forum is being held Wednesday night at Loyola University to ask community members what kind of news and information they want and how they want it delivered.

The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m., preceded by a reception at 6:30. It will take place in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall, which is at the edge of campus at 1700 Calhoun St., just off St. Charles Avenue.

The event will be simulcast here at The Lens, starting at 7.

The event is organized by the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance, and cosponsored by Foundation for Louisiana, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and Loyola’s School of Mass Communication.

The goal of the event is for readers, viewers and listeners to help chart a course for journalism that is accountable, innovative, sustainable and serves the audience.

A panel of national experts will give an overview of the national context and explain how other cities have worked through major changes.

The audience will then be invited to ask questions and offer advice.

The forum will be supplemented by a public survey that will ask about news and information needs, which will be compiled into a report in the coming weeks.

• Kevin Davis – CEO, Executive Director of the Investigative News Network

• Kelly McBride – Senior Faculty, Ethics, Reporting and Writing for Poynter Institute

• Chris Sopher – Journalism Program Associate for Knight Foundation

• Jamal Watkins – Chief of Staff, Center for Social Inclusion

• Keith Woods – Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations, National Public Radio

Steve Beatty

Steve Beatty is the publisher and chief executive officer of The Lens. He worked as an editor for The Times-Picayune for 15 years, leaving New Orleans just before Katrina to take a position as an editor...