WE'RE HERE FOR JOURNALISM.
More than a quarter of Oregon’s small-town newspapers have closed.
68 percent of Oregon’s incorporated cities now lack a local news source.
Democracy in Oregon is at risk as the journalism industry falters.
But hope is not lost. We have the tools to revitalize journalism.
FORJ is on the leading edge of journalism advocacy in America, providing tangible and innovative solutions that work.
FORJ WAS CREATED TO STEM THE TIDE OF THE DECLINE OF JOURNALISM IN OREGON BY PROVIDING TANGIBLE RESOURCES, TRAINING AND TOOLS THAT LOCAL PUBLICATIONS NEED TO THRIVE.
FORJ supports local news with three core programs:
The FORJournalism Resource Center
Future Journalists of America (FJA)
Civic Information Hub
WHY JOURNALISM MATTERS
WITHOUT LOCAL NEWS corruption, polarization and disinformation increase
WITH LOCAL NEWS more community voices are heard, corruption decreases, people feel more connected to their community and civic engagement increases
Without local journalism, Oregon residents lose. Journalism is a tool of empowerment, and when Oregonians are not empowered to understand and engage in their local communities, infrastructure suffers, corruption ramps up, voting rates drop, and local businesses find themselves unable to make much-needed changes to economic and social policies. FORJ has the plan and the tools to sustain local journalism for us all.
JODY LAWRENCE TURNER,
FORJ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR