State of local journalism and State Attorney General at Civic Cocktail, Feb. 1

In an age of “alternative facts” and “fake news” and Democratic state attorney generals ready to take on a Trump agenda, a lively civic conversation is likely at the February edition of Civic Cocktail.

Tickets are going fast to the Wed., Feb. 1 event at the Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave., where leaders in local journalism and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be the featured guests.

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Civic Cocktail attendees engage in conversation.

Host Joni Balter will talk one-on-one with Ferguson about his promise to push back on a Trump agenda that could threaten issues such as civil rights, environmental regulations or marijuana legalization in Washington. At the state level, he’ll discuss his proposal to abolish Washington’s death penalty and his push to curtail the sale of assault weapons.

Then, a media panel will analyze the changing local media landscape, lessons learned from the 2016 election and the impact of “fake news” on journalism. The featured panelists represent a range of local media outlets: Marcus Green, founder and editor-in-chief of South Seattle Emerald; Tim Keck, co-founder and publisher of The Stranger; Caryn Mathes, president and general manager of KUOW Public Radio; and Don Shelton, editor of The Seattle Times.

Tickets are $20 to $25. Register via Seattle City Club. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program is at 6 p.m. Civic Cocktail will premiere on Seattle Channel (cable 21), 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2 and will also be available online.

Civic Cocktail — presented presented by Seattle Channel and Seattle CityClub — offers a night of networking, civic conversation, Tom Douglas appetizers and a no-host bar.