BRATTLEBORO -- Four local media professionals will present a panel discussion on the future of local journalism at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at noon on Thursday, Aug. 14.

The session, which is part of the Brown Bag Lunch series presented by Strolling of the Heifers, includes Ed Woods, publisher of the Brattleboro Reformer and its regional sister publications, Jeff Potter, interim editorial and operations director of The Commons, Tom D'Errico, editor of the Reformer, and Martin Langeveld, a media observer and former newspaper executive.

The group will tackle two key questions: As print media decline in popularity and digital access to news continues to increase, how is the nature of local journalism changing? And, given the trends toward digital delivery and consumption of local news, what business models can sustain journalism going forward?

After presentations by the participants, questions and comments from the audience will be welcomed. The session is free and open to the public.