Eugene City Club: The Future of the Local Newspaper

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:00pm
UO Baker Center • 975 High St., Eugene OR

The Eugene City Club presents "The Future of the Local Newspaper" with narrative journalist and senior instructor of journalism at the University of Oregon Lisa Heyamoto.

From the City Club:

Slimmer, smaller, sold off and sometimes shutdown–is this the fate of local daily newspapers across the nation? Eugene’s own newspaper of record joined the overwhelming majority of local dailies when it too was sold into chain ownership this year. Big changes have followed, but the newspaper continues to be printed on paper and delivered to homes seven days a week.

Chain ownership offers many advantages for those who would keep local print journalism alive. Economies of scale allow the application of state-of-the-art methods of digital publication, news gathering, even routine editing work. Some chains boast long records of journalist excellence; others measure their accomplishments simply in terms of how many newspapers they have kept alive in changing times, even when it entails the cessation of paper publication or home delivery. But are these 21st century chain papers “citizens of the community” in the manner Lane County residents are accustomed to?

This program will look at the economic forces influencing local newspaper publication and how they are changing. How much of the evolution is due to changes in consumer demand and preferences in receiving news? How much because of general economic trends favoring mergers and consolidation in many industries?

The meeting begins at 11:45 and the program starts at noon. City Club members are free; there is a $5 entrance fee for non-members. Lunch is available for purchase from UO Catering. Find out more on Facebook.