WILLIAMSTOWN -- The past and possible future of news gathering and reporting in communities like Williamstown will be explored in a free public lecture at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, in the Heritage Room of the Williams Inn.
William Densmore, who with his wife, Betsy Johnson, co-published the The Advocate newsweekly from 1983 to 1992, will examine such questions as whether online newspapers and social media can effectively fulfill the role of traditional "ink-on-paper" publications. He also will trace the history of newspapers in the town, from the American Advocate to the Williamstown News to the current Williamstown Advocate. His lecture is sponsored by the Williamstown Historical Museum.
Densmore is currently a consultant to the Reynolds Journalism Institute on the future and sustainability of journalism. He also is a founder of Clickshare Service Corp., a company started in Williamstown which provides user management, access control, subscription and billing services to online news services.
Lauren Stevens, who founded The Advocate in 1981, will present a portion of the discussion and will also help with any Q-and-A. He’ll talk about the history of Williamstown newspapering and why he and a group of Williamstown citizens started The Advocate.
The lecture will be preceded at 1 p.m. by a meeting of the board of the museum and at 1:30 p.m. by its annual meeting, both of which will be held in the Heritage Room.
The WHM is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment arranged by calling 413-458-2160. Info: williamstownhistory.com.