MANCHESTER - Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is delighted to offer a dynamic panel of guest speakers on Digital Media and the Effect on the News Industry, Wednesday, July 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy.

The Internet offers exciting opportunities for journalists, but it has also destroyed thousands of careers over the last ten years. Without journalists, how can we identify and begin to address the problems our society faces? How can our democracy function without good information about government, business, and culture? Our panel will discuss how the web and social media have led to a sea of change in the news industry.

Anne Galloway is the founder and editor of VTDigger.org and executive director of the nonprofit Vermont Journalism Trust. She has worked as a reporter in Vermont for 17 years and is the former editor of The Sunday Rutland Herald and Barre Times Argus.

Bill Densmore is director/editor of Media Giraffe Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the New England News Forum. A career journalist, he has been an editor/writer for the Associated Press, or trade publications in business, law, and insurance, and freelanced for general circulation dailies including the Boston Globe.

Michelle Karas is the editor of the Bennington Banner. She has 13 years of experience as an award-winning writer and editor for newspapers and magazines.

Tim McQuiston is the editor of Vermont Business Magazine, a commentator on Vermont Public Television, and a panelist on Vermont Public Television's "Vermont This Week." He was an adjunct professor at Norwich University from 2007-2012.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online by visiting www.greenmtnacademy.org. For more information, please contact Gloria Palmer at 802-366-1820.