Local journalism is the news that Nat Geo and the New York Times can’t tell you. It’s the journalism that covers what’s planned for your street, and what’s happening in your schools. Local journalism impacts your daily life.
Yet, community-based journalism is facing existential challenges.
Here’s What’s Happened
Even before the pandemic, revenues supporting local coverage had been declining for years, and the lockdown cut any remaining advertising revenue by 42% at local newspapers across the country. In the last 15 years, about 1,800 newspapers in the U.S. closed, and there are now almost 25% fewer reporters available to tell you what’s happening. Here in Corvallis, one daily cut its staff in half, then dismissed their longtime editor.
So we’ve assembled a group of industry insiders to talk about how they’re meeting those challenges, and what news consumers can anticipate in the future. There will be generous time made available at the end of the discussion for questions.
Our Panelists Include
Camilla Mortensen, Editor, Eugene Weekly
Steve Humphrey, Editor, Portland Mercury
Stephen Forrester, President, EO Media
Jaycee Kalama, Editor, The Barometer
Jim Rondeau, KLCC, Station Manager
Jennifer Moody, Oregon State University, Orange Media Network
Rob Priewe, LBCC, Journalism Instructor
Moderators include Jillian St. Jacques, OSU Journalism Instructor; Cara Nixon, Contributing Journalist at The Barometer and Corvallis Advocate; and Steven Schultz, Publisher of The Corvallis Advocate and President of City Club of Corvallis.
Video of the forum will be available right after CitySpeak adjourns for the night.
How to Get a Question Submitted
Viewers can submit questions before and during the forum. Before the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org, message us on social media, or just post your question on one of the social media posts of the event. During the event, you can still email or message us on social media, or submit your question on the Facebook posting of the live event.