FERGUS FALLS — As part of its next Era to Act Virtual Speaker Series, the West Central Initiative will be hosting a free online event from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11.

The event, "An Imminent Threat to Democracy: The Loss of Community Newspapers," features three panelists: Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Art Cullen, local publisher and business owner Reed Anfinson and Lisa Hills, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Newspaper Association.

The event will focus on the importance of small-town newspapers, and what impact it has on a community.

The panelists will be joined by moderators Dave Hage, who is an award-winning Star Tribune journalist, and WCI President Anna Wasescha.

Register for the event and learn more about the five-part series, including past and future sessions, at Era2act.com.