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Thomas Silvestri speaks in this weeks episode about creating a forum for open discussions amongst community members.
Thomas Silvestri, Executive Director of the Relevance Project
Tom Silvestri was named executive director of The Relevance Project in May 2020.The initiative of the Newspaper Association Managers seeks to empower local newspapers to strengthen their franchises and, in turn, their important role as THE Community Forum. Silvestri retired Dec. 31, 2019 as the president and publisher of the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, after a 15-year run that included three owners and the Great Recession. His nearly 45 years in newspapers included promotions as a frontline news manager and editor, unprecedented corporate roles such as the director of news synergy and community newspapers president, several community and industry leadership positions, and the establishment of a civil, civic dialogue initiative called the Public Square that earned The Times-Dispatch national acclaim. Among his industry accomplishment are chairman of the American Press Institute and president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, where he received the Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award in 2018.Silvestri lives with his wife, Sue Kurzman, in Richmond, VA.
About this episode
ITEMS DISCUSSED IN THE EPISODE:
- Public Square – a community roundtable that encouraged civil conversations
- The Relevance Project
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Rebecca Snyder (host). NaTavia Williams (podcast intern). Original music by Ruskin Nohe-Moren.