Small-town kid, big-time dreams

The year was 2016. A junior in high school, I walked into the college counselor’s office for the first time, terrified of the prospect of college. The truth was, I’d never really thought about what to do with my life. When asked, the answer was always the same: “I’m going[Read More…]

Fifty first names only

It was almost 10 years ago when my wife brought home a “foster” cat one afternoon following her volunteer shift at Mary’s Kitty Korner in Granby, Conn. I put foster in quotes because, if you know Dee Dee at all, this was a full-on adoption right from the start. He[Read More…]

Big technology is steamrolling local newspapers

Google and Facebook have enormous economic and political power in society – especially over the news industry. Many ask if they have played a role in the misinformation that erodes our free press and plagues our democracy. Google and Facebook have a duopoly of the distribution of digital news content,[Read More…]

Fifty first names only

An overview of the cottage Grove High School job fair in early June. This edition of The Chronicle marks a milestone – a bittersweet one.  Before purchasing the paper in February 2019, I spoke to several publishers of weekly newspapers around the country for guidance and insight. They all counseled[Read More…]

Chronicle earns 14 awards in ONPA contest

The Chronicle earned 14 awards in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place positions will be released at the ONPA convention later this month, as will any awards for advertising design.  The Chronicle has earned 41 ONPA awards the past three years under[Read More…]