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The Way It Is: The State of Journalism in Maine

January 11, 2010 - TRC - By Dr. Sunny Skye Hughes

The Communications and Journalism Department will premier the documentary "The Way It Is: The State of Journalism in Maine" on Friday, January 29th at 4 p.m. in the Black Box Theater on campus.

The documentary chronicles how citizens in rural Maine communities are adapting to changes in journalism. Dr. Sunny Skye Hughes and CMJ graduate student Anastasia Lima traveled around the state for four weeks last summer in an attempt to learn how people in geographically isolated communities get their news. Four towns were selected for the documentary: Caribou, Lubec, Milo and Rangeley. The documentary also features interviews with the staff of WVII-TV, WAGM-TV, The Aroostook Republican, SV Weekly, The Rangeley Highlander, The Three Rivers Community Website and The Bangor Daily News. The film has minimal narration, allowing Mainers to tell their stories in their own words. The film also features an all Maine soundtrack of musicians from around the state. Featured artists include Bob McKillop, Chriss Sutherland, and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper.

The screening will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. The film runs 59 minutes.

To RSVP, e-mail Dr. Sunny Skye Hughes at sunny.hughes@maine.edu

Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested in attending. Questions can be directed to Dr. Hughes at the e-mail address below.

Sunny Skye Hughes, Assistant Professor of Communications and Journalism
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Maine
Orono, Maine
5724 Dunn Hall
Office: Dunn 438
Office Phone: 207-581-1943
Cell: 352-514-6756

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.