Therese Bottomly is director of news at The Oregonian/OregonLive. She is responsible for enterprise and watchdog reporting, the public editor desk and two local columnists. She has served as a Pulitzer juror and for many years was the Western regional judge for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. She is immediate past president of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and is current chair of the Oregon Bar-Press-Broadcasters Council, a group that works to resolve conflicts between the media and the bar. She works with reporters who are beginners, as well as the most experienced writers in the newsroom.
The Way Forward in Local
Local media is in peril. Business models are under siege, which has led to huge reductions to newsroom staff, capabilities and morale. To find a sustainable path forward, local media must rebuild the relationships with its readers, and them make them the center of their revenue models going forward.