News deserts are a big topic in our industry and a recurring theme in the national narrative about community newspapers.

Months ago, our chief operating officer, Heidi Wright, and I discussed Oregon’s news deserts with Steve Bass, president of Oregon Public Broadcasting. Bass wanted to talk about rural Oregon. Taking exception to Bass’s perspective, I asserted that Oregon’s biggest news desert was not east of the Cascades. It is in the heart of the Willamette Valley, in Eugene.

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Steve Forrester, the former editor and publisher of The Astorian, is the president and CEO of EO Media Group, which is the parent company of The Bulletin.

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idontlikemondays

Gannett is sheer, utter and complete filth. They have a paper in Reno, Nevada, that is soliciting donations to pay for a local reporter.

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