Event: The Future of Mid-Valley Journalism

Free Oct. 21 Noon Forum

Over 1,400 local newspapers have closed since 2004, while those remaining struggle to cover the news with dwindling resources and staff – there have been over 33,000 newspaper layoffs since 2008. The Gazette-Times cut its staff last year, and The Corvallis Advocate moved from weekly printing to bi-monthly earlier this year.

Amidst all this, studies show that as newspaper coverage declines in an area, voter turnout and municipal accountability also decline.

This month, the City Club of Corvallis Lunch Forum will focus on issues surrounding local journalism, and what the public can do to help.

Panelists include:
Mike McInally – Editor-in-Chief of the Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald, McInally knows the world of daily newspapers -— and the challenge of serving two communities.

Stevie Beisswanger – Editor-in-Chief of The Corvallis Advocate. Beisswanger speaks to the role of non-traditional alternative journalism in communities, and its current struggles and opportunities.

Hasso Hering – Current editor and publisher of Albany’s HH-Today.com, Hering was longtime editor of the Albany Democrat-Herald. Hering is a lively and frank voice, steeped in experience and respected widely.

Jennifer Moody – Currently with Orange Media at Oregon State University, Moody’s prior experience includes a 21 year stint at The Albany Democrat-Herald. Moody describes reporting as the hardest job she has ever loved.

Moderator Steven Schultz – Schultz founded The Corvallis Advocate in 2008 and brings a publisher’s perspective to the conversation. Schultz also serves as the president of City Club of Corvallis.

At the end, Mayor Biff Traber will hold a ten-minute 911 taxing district Q&A session. The special district is on the ballot for the November 5 special election.

When and Where
This forum is slated for Monday, October 21, starting at 12 noon. Attendance is free. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. at the Osborn Aquatic Center, 1940 Highland Drive at the corner of Circle Blvd. A lunch from Valley Catering will be available: $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. To reserve a lunch, email info@cityclubofcorvallis.org by Friday, October 16. You can also pay for lunch online with your credit card at cityclubofcorvallis.org/pay-for-lunch/