In conjunction with The Tribeca Show

Neighborhood Reporting in New York City Today

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:00 pm
291 Church Street, NYC


What is the importance of neighborhood reporting today? How have local publications adapted to the shifts of news media? What are the challenges and triumphs of hyperlocal, community-based reporting?

Join reporters and editors embedded in local news throughout New York City to discuss the importance of neighborhood reporting, the evolution of local newspaper publications- from kiosk to online- and the future of community-driven journalism. Discussion will be moderated by Sarah Bartlett, Dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

Sarah Bartlett has been a journalist for more than two decades, reporting, writing and/or editing for Fortune, Business Week, the New York Times, Inc. and Oxygen Media. Since 2014, she has been the Dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. Bartlett has lived in Tribeca for nearly 40 years, during which she has written occasional pieces for the Tribeca Trib. After 9/11, she wrote the book Schools of Ground Zero: Early Lessons Learned in Children’s Environmental Health, with her husband, John Petrarca, now deceased.

Carl Glassman, editor and co-founder of The Tribeca Trib, is a photographer whose work has been published and exhibited internationally. His photographs and photo essays for the Trib have received numerous awards, and a project on children’s play and violence received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Photos from his book Soho, A Picture Portrait were shown at the OK Harris Gallery in New York and Photographers Gallery in London. Before launching the Trib, Glassman contributed to many publications, most regularly to The London Times and The Miami Herald. For 13 years, he was adjunct professor of photojournalism in NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Michael Hinman was named editor of The Riverdale Press — a leading community paper in the Bronx — in March 2017, after a lengthy journalism career that spanned three states over a quarter century. Growing up in a small Pennsylvania paper mill town of just a few thousand people, Hinman learned the impact true hyperlocalism has on a community, and that knowledge has been the bedrock of everything he’s done, even now in the nation’s largest media market. Hinman started his career in 1995 as the youngest sports editor in the nation, and by 1997, had moved to news, working through The Tampa Tribune’s community chain, the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and Hometown News on the Space Coast. Currently he leads a small staff of four reporters and a photographer at The Riverdale Press, connecting with 10,000 households each week covering the Riverdale/Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.

April Koral is Publisher and Co-Founder of The Tribeca Trib. Before launching the paper in 1994, she was a freelance writer whose articles appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers. She is also the author of six non-fiction books for young people and the editor and photo researcher of two books on Tribeca History published by the Trib: Tales of Old Tribeca, and Tribeca: A Pictorial History, both by Oliver E. Allen. Koral has written many articles for the Trib, specializing in stories about noteworthy but overlooked artists and other local residents.

Victoria Merlino is a multidisciplinary journalist living and working in Queens, NYC. A staff reporter for the daily newspaper the Queens Daily Eagle, she covers a wide array of topics, spanning politics, housing, business, labor, immigration and (her favorite) the arts. Prior to her work at the Eagle, Victoria interned for The Brooklyn Home Reporter and Family Circle magazine under the American Society of Magazine Editors internship program. She is a proud product of the City University of New York.

Clifford Michel covers Staten Island and south Brooklyn with a focus on government accountability for THE CITY, a new independent nonprofit news outlet. He previously covered state politics and the 2018 midterm elections at the Staten Island Advance. Clifford’s reporting has appeared in Gothamist, the Amsterdam News, POLITICO New York, and Gotham Gazette. He's a graduate of the City University of New York's College of Staten Island and was named an Emerging Reporter by ProPublica in 2016.

Brett Yates is the assistant editor of the Red Hook Star-Revue, where he writes about land use, policing, flood protection, public housing, city politics, the arts, and other subjects. Previously he worked as a reporter and columnist for the Potrero View in San Francisco, CA, and the Mountain Times in Killington, VT; he’s also the author of the novel Teen Sex Tragedy (Marygreen Press, 2018). He lives in Brooklyn.