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What's the Future of Journalism? You can bet it includes Issues & Ales

On Thursday, October 4, WBHM hosted an Issues & Ales event at Cantina at Pepper Place to discuss recent changes in the local media landscape.


  1. It started with a very simple concept: "The only constant in life is change." And that's certainly true of the news media in Birmingham and around the nation. The rapid changes not only in print journalism, but in technology, social media and other mediums have a lot of people wondering: “What is the future of media and journalism in North Central Alabama?
    - How will the move to a three day-a-week print publication at The Birmingham News change journalism in the metro area? 
    - Who’s making money and how are they doing it with online journalism? 
    - Why should you care? 

  2. A standing-room-only crowd gathered to reflect on the past, dissect the present and discuss the future. The following is just a snapshot of what was a very lively discussion. 
  3. With food and drinks in hand (it is an Ales event, afterall!), WBHM General Manager Scott Hanley (@sehanley) welcomes the crowd and the discussion began... 
  4. Our panelists (from left): Bob Sims, Director of Community News at Alabama Media Group (which now runs the Birmingham News, Huntsville Times, Mobile Press Register and; Vickii Howell, editor-in-chief and producer of Birmingham View Magazine and Television; Andre Natta, publisher and editor of community news site The Terminal; and Kyle Whitmire, local government and politics reporter at the Birmingham News and regular guest journalist on WBHM.  
    The panelists offered some opening thoughts...