What: “The Beacon: Building Sustainable, Community-Driven Journalism” presented by Kelsey Ryan of The Beacon

When: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3

Registration: Free Through Eventbrite. A $5 donation is suggested to help fund WPC’s scholarship. You may donate via Eventbrite when you register for the meeting or on our Donate page.

How do you build an independent newsroom to service your community’s needs when local journalism is in crisis? While the traditional news media business model is dying, the need for independent journalism — a pillar of our democracy — is more important than ever.

Join Wichita Professional Communicators for a virtual program with Kelsey Ryan, the founder and publisher of The Beacon, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to public service journalism. The Beacon established a community newsroom in Kansas City in 2020 and will be expanding its scope as a regional Midwest news network with the launch of a Wichita newsroom in Summer 2021.

Our monthly meeting will take place virtually from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, on Zoom. The link will be posted on the Eventbrite event page and emailed to those who register.

About Kelsey Ryan
Kelsey Ryan is founder and publisher of The Beacon. Previously, she worked at The Kansas City Star on the investigative team that was named a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist in Public Service. Originally from Newton, Kansas, she started her career covering the EF-5 tornado at The Joplin (Missouri) Globe, and later worked at The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle covering health care, city government and investigations. She’s a board member for the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government and frequently lectures at universities in Kansas and Missouri.

** WPC monthly meetings and annual fundraisers support a scholarship fund for Wichita-area students pursuing a career in communications. So come network, get inspired by guest speakers and help a future communication colleague in the process! You can also show your support with a WPC membership.