Pamplin Media recently circulated information about supporting local newspapers that underpin their communities.
Social media, Wikipedia, and self-posted and researched news are beginning to be dominant. I feel it's time for us to speak up, as interested leaders, and show our support for researched and timely journalism.
Our news resources need to serve our communities. They need to be researched and properly presented as stories that identify people, places and issues of concern to us.
We often complain about stories and incomplete information, while not always realizing that newspapers and print media in general require not just ad sales, but subscriptions to survive.
Dr. Pamplin, a business leader in Oregon, decided to underpin Oregon's communities with his idea called "community newspapers." His organization has established the evolution of 38 such newspapers that share regional information, while focusing in on local news in the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon. They further share the news from one newspaper location to others, within their system, allowing communities to get a broader view, while not losing the local focus.
Community newspapers are important. We need them. Let's not lose one of Oregon's best homegrown and important resources.
Gladstone resident Jerry Herrmann is president of Rivers of Life Center, a nonprofit organization that organizes cleanup efforts throughout the length of the Willamette River.
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.