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WSIU and Carbondale Public Library present film "Breaking the News" with free dinner/ discussion February 21

Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, INDEPENDENT LENS, and WSIU/Carbondale Public Library will host a free dinner and screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary “Breaking the News,” featuring a community discussion about better media coverage of diverse issues and perspectives. The discussion will be moderated by Alee Quick of the News Literacy Project and WSIU Executive Director Fred Martino, Ph.D.

WHAT: FREE screening of “Breaking the News” and community discussion

WHERE: Carbondale Public Library

WHEN: Wednesday, February 21, 5pm to 7pm

NOTE: Dinner provided for the first 35 guests

“Breaking the News” follows the launch of The 19th*, a news startup that asks who’s been omitted from mainstream coverage, and how to include them. Bringing viewers right into the newsroom during tense moments as the newsroom launches in a pandemic amid rising social unrest, the film provides a lucid picture of what it takes to challenge the status quo and break the mold in American media.

 With footage spanning three years, the film documents honest discussions at The 19th* around race and gender equity, revealing that change doesn’t come easy, and showcases how they confront these challenges both as a workplace and in their journalism. But this film is about more than a newsroom. It’s about America in flux, and the voices that are often left out of the American story.

“Breaking the News” will debut on February 19, 2024, at 9 p.m. on WSIU, as well as PBS and the PBS App (check local listings).

For more information, visit: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/documentaries/breaking-the-news/

About Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a community series that brings people together for film screenings and conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's INDEPENDENT LENS, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most. Learn more at pbs.org/indielenspopup.

About INDEPENDENT LENS INDEPENDENT LENS is an Emmy® Award-winning PBS documentary series. With founding executive producer Lois Vossen, the series has been honored with 10 Academy Award nominations and features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by ITVS, INDEPENDENT LENS is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Acton Family Giving, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. Stream anytime on the PBS App. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens.

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