Local Media: Rising from the Dead?
Presentation: Local Media: Rising from the Dead?
Friday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. — Iowa City Public Library | View Schedule
Susan Patterson Plank, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association looks at fascinating happenings in small-town journalism (like a tiny Iowa paper taking home a Pulitzer Prize last year) and breaks down the data on readership around the state to debunk some familiar refrains and help us understand the real threats and new opportunities for journalism in rural areas.
About Susan Patterson Plank
Susan Patterson Plank is the Executive Director of the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA). Patterson Plank joined the INA in 2013. In her current role she oversees a national advertising sales, planning and placement company, the largest press association foundation and champions lobbying efforts focused on open meetings, open records and public notices.
Prior to joining the INA, Patterson Plank worked in the media industry for over 20 years. Her background is in sales, marketing, communications and profit management. She has significant experience in digital sales and development, research, branding and strategic planning. She has acted as spokesperson for The Des Moines Register and for RAGBRAI — the oldest, longest and largest bicycle touring event in the world with approximately 20,000 riders representing all states and many countries.
She has a passion for the First Amendment and frequently tells her two sons, “words matter.”