The Chronicle -

By Erin Tierney
Executive Editor 

Creswell at heart of coverage


August 29, 2019


The big picture: While Harry Holt Park is the center of Creswell's universe, the entire town is in the middle of the southern Willamette Valley, and a true gateway to Springfield, Cottage Grove and Oregon's wine country.

Across the country, newspapers are being taken out at the knees by the media conglomerates of this world. A recent merger of Gannett and Gatehouse created the largest newspaper company in the country, with more than 1,000 papers.

Shortly after the buyouts, hometown journalists are axed. Production is shipped off to another state. Businesses lose an essential means of local promotion. The city's narrative is lost. The community's voice is stifled.

Then, it turns into a whisper.

What's left is a skeleton of a newspaper, strung together carelessly by syndicated content and newswire bylines –...

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