The study, “Local journalism in the Pacific Northwest: Why It Matters, How It’s Evolving and Who Pays for It,” supported and published by the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon, was published on Friday.
It explores how local news providers in the Pacific Northwest are experimenting with different forms of storytelling, journalistic approaches and revenue models, using case studies and insights from interviews with editors and journalists at a range of different type of local media outlets:
- Large and small family-owned newspapers: The Seattle Times; Malheur Enterprise; The Columbian in Vancouver, Washington; The Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon
- Smaller newspaper groups: Herald and News in Klamath Falls, Oregon; The Bulletin in Bend, Oregon
- Pulitzer Prize-winning alt-weekly: Willamette Week in Portland
- “Mom and Pop” weekly: Cottage Grove Sentinel
- Digital-only news provider: Seattle P-I
- Statewide TV and radio outlet: Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)
Here’s a link to the research, which I’ve also embedded below. My thanks to everyone who spoke to me for this project and to the Agora and Comms teams at UO for their help with this project and getting the report ship-shape. Happy Reading!