Asheville Free Media and Black Mountain College Museum are collaborating to produce a special simulcast event on Thursday, May 30 from 7-9 p.m. at Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, located at 56 Broadway in downtown Asheville.

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This community awareness-raising program features a panel discussion on independent media in Asheville and includes Nelda Holder, freelancer writer and contributing editor to Mountain Xpress; Mark West, chair and professor of mass communication at UNC Asheville; Eric Mattox, president of the board of directors of Friends of Community Radio; Angie Newsome, director and editor of Carolina Public Press; and Cecil Bothwell, member of Asheville City Council and former news reporter and community radio host.

Join these experienced leaders for a discussion of the role and challenges of the free press and independent media today, including policy proposals that could support public news and local voices. The panel will be moderated by Nelda Holder, and the public will be invited to ask questions and offer comments.

The event is free and open to the public. There is a suggested donation at the door, and proceeds will benefit Asheville Free Media, Black Mountain College Museum and Carolina Public Press.

A simulcast of the event can be heard on Asheville Free Media at from 7-9 p.m. on May 30.

For more information, contact Stephanie Biziewski at

-Press release from Asheville Free Media, shared May 13.


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