Our readers can help us save community journalism
Help us save community journalism.
Gathering, editing and distributing news about your neighborhood and your community has a cost. And as we look toward the new decade of the 2020s, we are faced with the reality that advertising alone will not cover that cost.
We are at a crossroads, and we are asking for your help.
Just as public radio stations hold pledge drives to secure listener support, we are now asking our readers to step up and pay a greater share of our costs so we can continue to provide the local news they depend on every day.
As the only consistent and dedicated source for local news about our communities, our company's 25 newspapers and websites provide powerful storytelling and reliable reporting.
By keeping our readers informed about local issues, we help make our communities the best places they can be.
If it weren't for the Central Oregonian, who would cover annual graduation ceremonies, weekly high school sports or weekend community events? Who would tell the stories of our amazing kids, local veterans and the community members who pass away?
The Central Oregonian's journalists serve a key role by monitoring our elected officials and public institutions. They keep tabs on our schools, local police and fire departments and business organizations. In short, they watch out for you.
But we can continue in this vital role only with your financial support. Posting daily stories to our websites and producing a weekly print publication is expensive. Covering a typical school board meeting or sporting event, crafting a story and publishing it online and in print costs us more than $200.
Yet, you can read that story — and the rest of the news that week — for just $1.
Our media group has fared far better than most as the U.S. newspaper industry has navigated through two decades of digital transformation. We continue to have a firm financial foundation. But the clearest path toward long-term sustainability and growth requires a heavier reliance on you, our reader.
If you believe that an informed community is a strong community, then we need your support — now, more than ever.
If you enjoy local journalism and recognize its importance, we ask that you subscribe to the Central Oregonian. A subscription gets you your local newspaper in your mailbox each Tuesday and Friday, and full access to our website, centraloregonian.com. Without a subscription, readers are limited to three full stories on our website per month. With a subscription, there is no limit. We also now offer a digital-only package with the E-edition of our newspaper — a page-by-page click-through that looks exactly like our newspaper products, complete with advertisements. It also includes full web access.
A print and digital subscription for the Central Oregonian costs just $42 for the year, less than 41 cents per issue. A digital-only subscription is just $32, or 31 cents per issue.
A subscription, digital or print, to the local newspaper makes a great, smart, affordable gift during the holiday season, one appreciated all year round.
Your support for our product is vital for the future of our newspaper, which has served the community for more than a century. For newspapers, including this one, to stick around in the future, they need their readers and backers to show their support by subscribing.
To start a subscription, call the Central Oregonian office at 541-447-6205 or the Pamplin Media Group circulation department at 503 620-9797, or go to savinglocalnews.com to get started.
Help us serve our community now and long into the future — and have a wonderful Christmas season.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.