I'm a reporter at the weekly Malheur Enterprise in eastern Oregon, but was raised in the emerging news desert of the Inland Empire. My family used to get copies of the Redlands Daily Facts, Riverside Press-Enterprise and New York Times, but like many families, turned digital. My local papers are now owned by absentee hedge funds, although a start up has been gaining traction.
I studied journalism, with a minor in law and society, at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where I worked as a reporter for all four years at the campus paper, Mustang News. I took a quarter break from the paper to work with New Times, an alt-weekly with a community focus born in the democratic media explosion of the 1980's. My senior year, I took a quarter studying European journalism, mostly in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Hungary, using free social archives. My senior project was a series of interviews with successful new-age publishers, from California to Switzerland, and from non-profits to free print-only papers.
My studies have convinced me that journalism isn't broken, publishing is, and it has been for a while.
My end goal is to be a publisher. We need more good publishers than we need good journalists.