At The Advocate, these last several months have been a time for stories and insights you wouldn’t otherwise hear. To be sure, we’ve offered you depth on the issues of the day, like COVID and the Black Lives Matter movement, but we know you also want the other news too, the stuff that falls between the cracks, even if it shouldn’t.
Just last month we offered a deep dive look at Benton County’s mental health system, it’s shortcomings, strivings and strengths – and it’s intersectionality and financial woes. We also reported that some in the Jewish community have serious concerns over the school district’s new Holocaust curriculum, and after speaking with experts in the field, we also reported their evaluations. In the same month, The Advocate also looked at the continuing sexism in our community, even as some people believe that with Kamala Harris as veep, it’s no longer an issue – spoiler alert: still an issue.
Back to COVID and BLM for a minute, we’ve done more deep dives on these stories than any other local media and we’ve offered no less than five CitySpeak Forums covering these issues.
In fact, we love doing these online CitySpeak Forums. There is something deeply democratic about audience members putting questions to the people pulling the strings behind the scenes. There’s been a range of guests: Both the incoming and outgoing police chiefs, our local chapter NAACP president, Benton County’s district attorney, Corvallis’ mayor, and of course, the County’s health directors. We could go on, but you the get idea.
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