Radically Rural: Focusing on small-town America

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The Radically Rural Summit started in 2018 as a partnership between The Keene Sentinel and a local non-profit called The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship. This organization provides space, tools and connections to assist in the successful development of entrepreneurs who are committed to building a vibrant community. Each year Radically Rural hosts an event with a mission to help share ideas and build networks tailored to rural communities and give a stage to those who have found solutions to rural problems so that others can learn and implement them in their communities.

This year’s event will take place on September 22 and 23rd, 2021 and will specifically feature sessions focused on sustaining community journalism, which will include

  • Building Trust: Measures to secure faith in local journalism
  • Funding News: Media organizations successfully find philanthropic help for their missions
  • Crazy Good: Tools to make you a better – and more efficient – journalist

In this episode of E&P reports, Publisher Mike Blinder interviews Terrence Williams, President & COO of the Keene Sentinel and Julianna Dodson, the director of Radically Rural, on how their yearly "Summit" has grown from a small-town gathering to an event attended by people from across North America. We also discuss how this year's event focuses on helping to ensure the financial health of local journalism.

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