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On Sunday, we posted a compendium of months’ worth of research on Corvallis homelessness, which of course led me to wonder if anyone would actually read all that work, totaling over 11,000 words. Thankfully, our site tracked a great deal of readership.

My relief was only momentary, as it dawned on me that almost all of those readers consumed those months of research without paying anything forward for our reporters. If you go to a restaurant, you pay for what you consume, and probably tip whoever served you — so why wouldn’t that apply to good, homegrown journalism? Likewise, your local beat reporter spends long hours doing intelligence gathering so you can read a good brief report in minutes — a job that also needs consumer support.

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By Anthony Thompson