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Exterior of Menomonie's public library.

MENOMONIE — A three-part community program on the basics of journalism and the profession’s value will kick off today.

Knowing News: Elements of Journalism is built around a community read of the book “The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect,” by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel.

The events are free and open to the public. 

Jan Larson, chair of the Communication and Journalism Department at UW-Eau Claire, will introduce the book at 7 p.m. today at Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road.

UW-Stout associate professor Kate Edenborg will lead a discussion of panelists who work in journalism at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 in ballroom A on the second floor of UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center, 302 10th Ave. E. Edenborg teaches mass communication and journalism.

Panelists will include Keith Edwards, WQOW TV 18 news anchor; Chris Ison, University of Minnesota School of Journalism and former Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter; Rich Kremer, Wisconsin Public Radio; Barbara Lyon, Dunn County News editor; and Pam Powers, UW-Stout communications specialist and former Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reporter.

Larson will lead a community discussion of “The Elements of Journalism” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the Menomonie library.