Editor-in-Chief Julie McMahon Zooms with Grant Reeher during their chat about the future of local journalism.

Between 1955 and 1966, Syracuse’s Common Council was mentioned 12,788 times in the local newspapers. In the last 12 years, that number fell to 4,882.

The simple statistic points to an urgent need for watchdog coverage of our local public institutions and elected officials. Central Current Editor-in-Chief Julie McMahon joined Grant Reeher on the Campbell Conversations on WRVO last month to discuss this problem — and how Central Current, a nonprofit newsroom, can help solve it.

Listen to the full conversation at this link.

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Julie McMahon is editor-in-chief of Central Current. She's lived and worked in Syracuse as a reporter, editor and professor of journalism for more than a decade. Contact Julie at jmcmahon@centralcurrent.org.