George Custer is a new player in the struggle to keep Oregon news deserts from happening. Following closure of the Dead Mountain Echo, an Oakridge newspaper of some 50 years standing, a group led by veteran newsman Doug Bates started the Highway 58 Herald, an online newspaper. A former Marine Corps captain and a businessman, Custer is working on the newspaper’s business side, and he has filled in as an interim editor.

Custer and I met at the Eugene City Club’s July 8 discussion of the topic “Can local newspapers survive?” In response to that question, I had the easier task, because I could speak about our media company and its survival.

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Stephen A. Forrester is the president and CEO of EO Media group, the parent company of The Bulletin.

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Hometown dailies are crucial to democracy. I read the Bulletin when I almost always disagreed with the editorials and now get to read it when I agree with many of them. Appreciate the reporters, too, of course.

kindergentlerbend

Good to hear in light of a trend that sees an average of two newspapers failing each week across the nation. As part of its current budget reconciliation negotiations, Congress is considering a bipartisan proposal to save local journalism jobs through tax credits that could restore newsrooms and incentivize the creation of news startups and local investment in saving hometown papers.

Transitory Inflation

Very encouraging note. Thanks.

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