In the past few years, some say it has become more and more difficult for Lawrence Township residents to feel connected to local news. This year’s Lawrence Township Community Foundation Community Conversation will bring together residents from all neighborhoods in Lawrence for a township-wide meeting to discuss the issue.

The 2018 Community Conversation “Best Ways to Deliver News to the Community” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. at Education Testing Service, 660 Rosedale Rd., Princeton. The event will address the challenges groups and individuals face in communicating information about programs, services and events to the people of Lawrence Township. Residents are encouraged to discuss how they currently receive their local news and would like to do so in the future.

A group of local communicators will discuss how their organizations deliver local news and the challenges they face. Opening remarks from the speakers will be followed by multiple small table discussions each focusing on the variety of options to enhance communication in Lawrence Township. The groups will discuss ideas and brainstorm methods to implement positive changes in the community. By the end of the evening a variety of actionable ideas that the participants have developed and are interested in pursuing will be summarized and next steps explored.

The panelists will include Kristine Brown, assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Rider University; Jamie Griswold, co-publisher of the Lawrence Gazette; Richard Rein, editor of US 1; Sam Sciarrotta, community editor of the Lawrence Gazette; Lea Kahn, reporter at the Princeton Packet; John Mozes, general manager, 107.7 The Bronc at Rider University; Lana Mueller, operations manager at Lawrence Township Public Schools; Ingrid Reed, founder of NJ Spotlight; and James Thompson, organizer for Free Press.

Light refreshments will be supplied by ETS. Representatives for nonprofits, civic groups, local businesses and interested residents are encouraged to attend this free event.

Online registration is requested via Eventbrite.