Newspaper forum reinforces key service provided by local journalism


Marissa Conklin

BEST JOB EVER – Among the journalists at the Skagit League of Women Voters forum were Jason Miller, Concrete Herald publisher; Ken Stern, Weekly News publisher, and Brier Dudley, Seattle Times columnist, from left. Not pictured, Ron Judd of the Cascadia Daily News. It is a tough way to make a living, but oh, how fulfilling.

Community journalism has a rich history, but the present business model has its issues.

Yet the future of local news coverage across America isn't lacking reasons for optimism.

Faced with shrinking advertising revenue that has led to a shedding of reporting, editing and production jobs across the nation, print newspapers are looking at creative strategies to keep the industry alive for the next generation of readers.

One promising option, among several suggested during a special forum in Mount Vernon last week addressing the decline of local news and its impact on democracy, calls for co...

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