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Saturday, April 8 • 10:15am - 10:45am
Local Boy Makes Good: Finding Your Way in Your Own Backyard LIMITED

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Charlie Plowman grew up in La Cañada Flintridge, an avid reader of local newspapers such as the Valley Sun and the Pasadena Star-News (especially the sports sections.) He went on to study journalism at USC and sought to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. It wasn’t long, however, before Plowman turned his sights to elsewhere, toward a bold concept -- close to home. He thought his hometown would benefit from a newspaper that did more to tie together the community, one that provided the opportunity for local residents to keep up with their neighbors and friends -- a print version of Facebook, before Facebook. And so, in September 1998, he launched the La Cañada Flintridge Outlook, an audacious move considering he would be an inexperienced publisher going up against an established 56-year-old competing publication. And it worked. It worked so well, in fact, that, in 2007, he set out to duplicate the effort in the next city over, in Pasadena, figuring out that the best way to tailor the community feel of the LCF Outlook to a city as large and diverse as Pasadena would be with a focus on philanthropies and private schools. That worked, too, so the Outlook expanded again in 2013, moving into San Marino. Plowman will discuss why local journalism remains so important in all the communities Outlook newspapers serve.

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Charlie Plowman

Publisher and CEO, The Outlook Newspapers

Saturday April 8, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am

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