The journalism profession is in the midst of upheaval worldwide. More and more communities are becoming “news deserts” as mainstream media organizations struggle. New information-sharing platforms are emerging, but can they be trusted? What does this chaotic media environment mean for us and what can we do about it?

Join the conversation with longtime Des Moines broadcast journalists Dave Busiek and Kevin Cooney, political blogger Laura Belin of Bleeding Heartland, Des Moines Register reporter Linh Ta, and Business Record publisher Chris Conetzkey.

The event, sponsored by the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will be held Monday, April 15, starting at 7 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room on Drake University campus, 2725 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311. The discussion is free and open to the public. Parking is available on street or at Drake events parking lot on 25th Street between Carpenter and Forest Avenues.

For more information, contact Kathleen Richardson, dean of the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at or 515-271-2295.