About this project
Who says that newspapers are dying?
Okay, well, a lot of people.
And yes, daily newspapers, like the Oregonian, are vanishing and others are being gobbled up by conglomerates that care more about the bottom line than the corner coffee shop. But it doesn’t need to be that way.
We are confidently launching a FREE bi-weekly newspaper by and for the Rogue Valley.
As newspapers around the country go under, a great deal is lost with their disappearance. There are fewer reporters to watchdog city hall, fewer centering forces for our communities and, as a result, less engagement by our citizens, on both the civic and cultural levels. While daily newspapers are losing steam, alt-weekly papers are holding strong as a sustainable model for print media.
Oregon is not without examples of great alt-weekly newspapers: Portland has two strong weekly newspapers, the Portland Mercury and Willamette Week, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for reporting about former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt’s crimes. Eugene also has hard-nose reporting in the Eugene Weekly and Bend enjoys the Source, a smart and informed weekly newspaper. The list goes on with hundreds of alt-weeklies around the country… Starting in March, we will bring this exciting tradition to Southern Oregon with the Rogue Valley Messenger.
With offices in Medford and reporting and distribution Valley-wide (from Grants Pass to Ashland, and Shady Cove to Cave Junction), we are proud to cover and represent the entire Valley—with smart news analysis and commentary about local issues, insightful information on local events, and special features to keep you in the know.
In the long-term, our newspaper will be sustainably funded through the support of advertisers. Yet this is NOT just another advertising billboard. At least 50% of every issue will be high-quality editorial produced right here in the Rogue Valley.
We hope to see your name in our first edition of the Rogue Valley Messenger - out on March 12th!
Risks and challenges
These initial funds will carry us through a two-month introductory phase as we convince you—and advertisers—to continue to support us. Specifically, we will use the funds for printing costs and distribution racks. If we exceed our goal, we will be able to purchase office furniture and will have a head start on printing our third and fourth issues.
We are confident that you will love us—and love the newspaper—and wonder how you ever got on without it.
The Rogue Valley is unique; our newspapers should be too. The Rogue Valley Messenger will be a locally-grown newspaper for people who live in the Rogue Valley, and it will also be enjoyed by visitors.
We look forward to informing and entertaining you, and we hope you will help support our launch. We’ve created some fun packages as an additional “thank you” for your support, including some that out-of-towners can enjoy.
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