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The KIXE PBS community film series will air “Storm Lake,” a pre-air film screening and panel discussion at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning Iowa newspaper struggling to maintain local journalism alive.

Log on to www.eventbrite.com/e/kixe-pbs-presents-indie-lens-popup-storm-lake-tickets-169650568417. Viewing is free, but an RSVP is required.

Storm Lake, Iowa, has seen its fair share of changes in the 40 years since Big Agriculture arrived. Farmers are spending their savings on new equipment that they hope will keep their livelihoods intact as migrant workers flock here, welcome or not, to fulfill the American dream. Corporate, political and environmental forces – and even a global pandemic – threaten to overwhelm the already precarious existence of the people of Storm Lake (11,269).

Nearly 2,000 local newspapers have closed their doors in the past 20 years, a crisis accelerated by COVID-19. The stakes have been particularly high for the Cullen family; they make up half of The Times 10-person team. Against tight deadlines and thinner margins, the Cullens stubbornly report on their town and wonder how the newspaper will survive as readers stop supporting journalism like they once did.

Join the discussion with Wayne Agner, editor and publisher of the Trinity Journal; Doni Chamberlain, A News Café; Chris Rodriguez, Shasta College; Todd Bishop, GeekWire; and Forrest Hartman, CSU Chico.

Sponsored by the Shasta College Foundation. For more information, visit www.kixe.org.


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