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This is the fourth installment of our series on Media and Democracy led by Megan Kamerick on the topic of small newsrooms and startup news publications. The focus of this discussion is hyperlocal news outlets that are actively responding to the needs of their communities. By providing coverage of the stories that matter most to the local communities, these outlets are cutting through the glut of information presented by mass media. Kamerick is joined by Heather Bryant, Lou McCall, Peter Rice, and Larry Ryckman.


Megan Kamerick is an award-winning journalist and radio producer based in Albuquerque, NM. She is the newly named News Director of KUNM. She is the former host of “All Things Considered” on KUNM-FM in Albuquerque. She is a former TED Speaker and current TED Speaker Coach.

Lou McCall is founding Editor of the Questa del Rio News in Questa, NM, serving the communities of northern Taos County. She is from Farmington, NM and studied Art, Architecture, and Education. She has produced, edited, and written for several publications throughout New Mexico and writes poetry and non-fiction. She lives in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with her partner and pets, where she enjoys hiking and gardening, teaches yoga and meditation, and is committed to helping create a better world.

Heather Bryant is the interim Executive Director of the Tiny News Collective, an initiative supporting founders launching local news organizations across the country.



Larry Ryckman is Editor and Co-founder of The Colorado Sun. Previously he was Senior Editor at The Denver Post, Managing Editor at The Gazette in Colorado Springs, and City Editor at the Greeley Tribune. Ryckman spent 22 years at The Associated Press, where he was Assistant Managing Editor, a National Editor, and Supervisor of the AP’s national desk in New York. He spent nearly four years as a Moscow correspondent for AP and helped cover the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of a new Russia. He also supervised AP’s coverage of the Columbine High School massacre and directed AP’s coverage of the presidential election recount in Florida in 2000.

Peter Rice is the Founder and Editor of Downtown Albuquerque News, a subscription e-newsletter covering Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. He has previously worked at KUNM, the Albuquerque Tribune, as well as papers and public radio stations in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.


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