The Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) are partnering to increase sources of statewide journalism, bridge rural and urban communities, and better engage citizens in the important issues we all face as Oregonians.
Through a $302,000 grant from Community Information Challenge of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the initiative will improve reporting in Oregon’s rural communities and develop a cooperative news network linking newspapers and news organizations across Oregon. The two-year project will support OPB’s reporting in central, eastern, and southern Oregon and better engage communities across the state in the newsgathering process.
An Investment in Oregon’s Citizens
The project will bring together a range of news sources – large and small, rural and urban – to create a stronger network for statewide news and information. This network will help to ensure that Oregon continues its tradition of an engaged, informed citizenry.
The news network to be developed through the project will allow news organizations around the region to more actively share stories, with OPB serving as the hub. In the startup phase, OPB stories have appeared in print and online in local newspapers, including the Salem Statesman Journal and The Dalles Chronicle. Through the network, local newspapers’ stories appear on OPB’s news website, and stories can be shared on a peer-to-peer basis. For example, an article of interest from the Medford Mail-Tribune might appear in the print and online editions of the Daily Astorian.
Opportunities for Participation
Through the project, OCF and OPB will hold community listening sessions and other meetings around the state to identify issues of interest, and hold live events in rural communities to highlight issues and discuss how to improve statewide news coverage. Check the links under “How You Can Help” to learn more about how you can play a part in this effort.
How You Can Help
The Knight Foundation grant is structured as a 1:1 challenge, and OCF and OPB are working to raise the $300,000 in matching funds required to bring these new resources into the region. If you’re passionate about the value of trusted public service journalism, and want to help bring together citizens across Oregon, please consider supporting this initiative.
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