For an old school media head like me who misses having two mainstream newspapers in the city and an independently owned alternative weekly, getting local news coverage online has been challenging for me at times. My first local news discovery was The Baltimore Brew (www.baltimorebrew.com), but one of my newer online obsessions has been The Real News Network. (www.therealnews.com). You may have noticed the sign on their location on Holliday Street because you can see it really well from I-83 as you come into downtown. I first discovered them about four months ago through a random Google search, and I’ve visited their site periodically for news and information. I appreciate the way they have brought together an “old school” approach to journalism along with “new school” tools like social media. On their website, they state their mission in part as “…providing independent and uncompromising journalism.” They also state that they are “…viewer supported and do not accept advertising, government or corporate funding.” Amen to all of that.
This weekend The Real News Network will sponsor two special events – a live band/hip hop/poetry showcase on Friday, June 20th from 7 p.m. until midnight, and a Town Hall meeting called “Baltimore On The Brink” on Saturday from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The Friday evening showcase features a pretty wide range of area talents like B-Fly, J-Pope, Baltimotown, Edger Allen Josh, Only, Lady Brion, Ladi Glori and many others, and the town hall meeting on Saturday will be a discussion on violence in Baltimore. These events will take place at 235 Holliday Street in downtown Baltimore (near City Hall). You can click this link for a full list of performers and additional information. If you can’t make it to the events, there will be a live stream available online at www.therealnews.com.
Visit The Real News Network online, and check out this invitation to the town hall meeting.