By Bill Densmore
(The writer is a directorof Shires Media Partnership and lives in Williamstown, Mass.)
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Shires Media Partnership Inc., the non-profit owner of radio station WBTN convened a regional meeting at the Bennington (Vt.) Free Library on Thurs. Jan. 28 to gather public comment and advice on how it can meet the information needs of Southwestern Vermont. The session was inspired by the work of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities. Approximately 20 people participated. WBTN 1370 AM's signal reaches Bennington, Southwestern Vermont and nearby New York, but its Web streaming reaches around the world. The meeting ran from from 5 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. at the library. Light snacks will be available for those missing dinner.
- LISTEN TO AUDIO OF THE TWO-HOUR MEETING
- READ THE AGENDA AND DISCUSSION DOCUMENT
- READ NOTES OF THE DISCUSSION
In addition to members of the Shires Media governing board and WBTN staff, the founder of a local online news community for the Burlington, Vt., area -- Michael Wood-Lewis of Front Porch Forum, attended.
"We're asking the public to tell us how they get information and how we can be part of their information network," said Ken Norris, Executive Director of WBTN. "We want to know not only where they get their local news, arts and entertainment but where they get information about what is important in their lives: jobs, housing, taxes, safety, education, transportation, child care, health care and religion."