Commentary: Why newspapers matter


January 25, 2023

The title above might seem self-serving, but it reflects an increasing concern in Oregon, and not just for newspaper publishers.

I’ve heard from readers, from government officials, from businesses who are worried about where the state’s newspapers are going.

Writing about the travails of print journalism is definitely not my first or favorite topic choice, but unfortunately, it’s become necessary – particularly in light of the recent closure of the Medford Mail Tribune and, down the road, the 135-year-old Lebanon Express, in the last few weeks.

It’s very sad to see newspapers,...

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