HARTFORD — The Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities Inc, doing business as The Hartford Guardian, is proud to celebrate its seven-year anniversary as a civic journalism organization that focuses on hyper–local news in the capital city of Connecticut with a media luncheon on Jan. 6 at the Hartford Club.
The Civic Engagement Media Luncheon from 11: 30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. will feature keynote speaker Anthony Duignan- Cabrera, Editorial Director for AOL Patch East. Duignan will speak to the intersection of online media and the urban landscape—the new frontier in journalism. The Guardian will also recognize other civic journalists in the state.
“I am honored to be a part of this exciting event and to have the opportunity to speak about the changing local and urban media landscape, Duignan-Cabrera said. “The Internet has obviously played a key role in shaping the evolution of the news industry.”
Founding Editor and Publisher of the online magazine, The Hartford Guardian Ann-Marie Adams agreed.
“The Internet has democratize news,” Adams said. “And The Guardian is proud to be among the pioneers in this new media landscape.”
Since its inception in January 2004, The Guardian has been a vanguard. It has broken news about predatory schemes with condo associations and the foreclosure crises in Connecticut In 2010, The Guardian won a national award from the International Center for Journalists, which touted its work as “competent and competitive.” In addition, it has garnered recognition from The Hartford Business Journal and the University of California-Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center. The Guardian was the first of the new wave of hyper-local news organizations in Connecticut.
Over the last seven years, The Guardian has partnered with the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut, Capital Community College, AT & T, McGraw Hill Companies, International Center for Journalists and other local small businesses and residents to present our Summer Journalism Workshop for high school students and our Community Conversations on issues that impact the city of Hartford and its neighboring suburbs.
CABC Inc is a 501 ( c ) 3 Hartford based nonprofit organization that aims to spur civic participation, develop youth and family media literacy skills ad help build cohesive communities. It’s fulfills its three-fold mission by using 1) The Hartford Guardian, our award-winning hyper-local online news magazine that provides cutting edge reporting; 2) the Summer Journalism Institute, a training program that fosters critical thinking skills and media literacy for high school juniors, seniors and city residents. 3) the Community Conversations, periodic forums to foster understanding and build consensus about issues that impact city residents. Moreover, CABC Inc embodies civic journalism by expanding the discourse in our democracy and by building communities through civic journalism.
For tickets and information, please call 860-515-8821.