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Fund for Oregon Rural Journalism

Empowering Oregon’s rural news organizations

Fund for Oregon Rural Journalism

Empowering Oregon’s rural news organizations

Fund for Oregon Rural Journalism

Empowering Oregon’s rural news organizations

Fund for Oregon Rural Journalism

Empowering Oregon’s rural news organizations

Fund for Oregon Rural Journalism

Empowering Oregon’s rural news organizations

Fund for Oregon Rural Journalism

Empowering Oregon’s rural news organizations

The Mission

The Fund for Oregon Rural Journalism is committed to preserving professional journalism in rural Oregon.

The Issue

News organizations continue to struggle for survival nationwide. In Oregon, nearly a quarter of the state’s newspapers have shuttered since 2004. Two rural counties are news deserts and 16 more are left with only one news organization to cover hundreds of square miles. Just as concerning, more than 50 percent of Oregon’s incorporated cities lack a local news source to report on community, government and business activities, leaving thousands of Oregon residents isolated and voiceless and threatening a fair democracy that works for all.

That’s why we founded FORJ — Fund for Oregon Rural Journalism

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The nonprofit offers rural news organizations new avenues to adapt and rebuild a sustainable business model that supports essential news coverage and helps sustain a democratic society. The tools we use develop new revenue streams through technology, technique and philanthropy.

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training and support to rural publications

FORJ will assist news operations in building capacity to:

  • Adapt and build a sustainable business model
  • Tap into philanthropic support
  • Develop collaborations and partnerships

To bring results:

  • Overcome declining revenue
  • Expand reporting resources
  • Ensure continued community influence
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The Tactics


  • Grow digital reader revenue
  • Build metrics to measure engagement and business results
  • Expand the skill base of existing journalists
  • Create a community of shared practices

Expand reporting resources

  • Philanthropy
  • Grant assistance
  • Sponsorship and collaborations


  • Internships
  • Fellowships
  • Incentives for reporters to return to rural areas
  • Media literacy and journalism labs for high school students

Who we are

FORJ is a 501c3 led by journalism professionals with decades of experience ranging from leading rural and metro news operations to frontline reporting and editing. 

Local, reality-based rural journalism is critical to keeping a community connected and informed, and FORJ offers rural news organizations the opportunity and support to thrive.

Our Board

Scotta Callister

Scotta Callister

Scotta Callister is co-owner of two community newspapers in Oregon, the Malheur Enterprise and Keizertimes. A University of Oregon journalism graduate, she has worked in Oregon newspapers for 45 years, with positions ranging from assistant city editor for The Oregonian to editor/publisher of the Keizertimes and editor at EO Media’s Blue Mountain Eagle newspaper in John Day. She lives on a ranch in eastern Oregon and has been involved in her rural community through leadership roles in the local chamber of commerce, the library board and a nonprofit animal rescue organization.

Louis Capozzi

Louis Capozzi

Louis Capozzi has a broad background in corporate and marketing communications. The author of two books, Lou has most recently taught in the University of Oregon Master’s degree program in Strategic Communication. In the community he chairs the Council on Aging board, was a founding member of the Bend Mobility Lab at OSU Cascades and has served on advisory committees for both the City of Bend and Cascades East Transit.

Susan Forrester Rana

Susan Forrester Rana

Susan Forrester Rana is a fourth-generation owner of EO Media Group and serves as secretary on the EOMG Board of Directors. She’s also EO Media Group’s marketing director. She is the daughter of Steve Forrester (President and CEO of EOMG) and grew up in Astoria. After graduating from Astoria High School, she earned her undergraduate degree and MBA from Portland State University.

She currently resides in the Portland, Oregon, area with her husband and two young children.

Alayne Fardella

Alayne Fardella

Alayne Fardella retired five years ago from her position as President and COO of The Seattle Times. During her 22 years at The Times, she held a variety of positions, including Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning and Organizational Development. Coming from a newspaper family, she considered it a privilege and honor to contribute to the strength and focus of the public service mission of The Times.

After retirement, Fardella was selected to be a commissioner for The Seattle Center, working with a team to develop the vision for the 52-acre campus which includes The Space Needle, The Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and Seattle Opera House.

Fardella and her husband, Michael, moved from Seattle to Bend in the summer of 2021 and are already deeply involved in their new community.

Rural News Publications

Lake County Examiner

739 N 2nd St, Lakeview, OR 97630, USA

The News-Register

P.O. Box 727, McMinnville, OR 9712

Herald and News

2701 Foothills Blvd, Klamath Falls, OR 97603, USA

The Columbia Press

5 North Highway 101 #500, Warrenton, OR 97146

The Clatskanie Chief

1805 Columbia Blvd. St. Helens, OR 97051

The News Guard

1818 N.E. 21st St. PO Box 848, Lincoln City, OR 97367

The St. Helens Chronicle

1805 S. Columbia Blvd. St. Helens, OR 97051

The Tillamook Headlight Herald

1906 Second Street, Tillamook, OR 97141

Grants Pass Daily Courier

409 S.E. 7th Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526-3003 | P.O. Box 1468, Grants Pass, OR 97528-0330

Polk County Itemizer-Observer

147 SE Court St. Dallas, OR 97338

Hood River News

PO Box 390, Hood River, OR 97031

The Dalles Chronicle

811 East 2nd Street T, The Dalles, Oregon 97058

Appeal Tribune

The Stayton Mail

PO Box 400, Stayton, OR 97383

Hells Canyon Journal

Po Box 646, Halfway, OR 97834

Illinois Valley News

221 S Redwood Hwy Cave Junction, OR 97523

The Sentinel

61 E 1st St, Coquille, OR 97423

Bandon Western World

PO Box 248, Bandon, OR 97411

The World

350 Commercial Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420

Lebanon Express

90 E Grant St, Lebanon, OR 97355

The News-Review

345 NE Winchester St, Roseburg, OR 97470

The Times-Journal

PO Box 746, 319 South Main Street, Condon, OR 9782

Malheur Enterprise

PO Box 310, Vale, OR 97918

The Astorian

949 Exchange St, Astoria, OR 97103

Curry County Reporter

Po Box 766, Gold Beach, OR 97444

Myrtle Point Herald

PO Box 606, Myrtle Point, OR 97458

The Douglas County Mail

PO Box 729 , Myrtle Creek, OR 97457

Cottage Grove Sentinel

1498 E. Main Street, STE 104 Cottage Grove OR 97424

Siuslaw News

148 Maple St. Florence OR 97439


831 NE Avery St, Newport, OR 97365

The Mountain Times

PO Box 1031, Welches OR 97067

Canby Herald

PO Box 1108, Canby, OR 97013

Estacada News

PO Box 549, Estacada, OR 97023


2038 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116

The Madras Pioneer

345 SW 5th St, Madras, OR 97741

Molalla Pioneer

Po Box 168, Molalla, OR 97038

The Newberg Graphic

PO Box 700, Newberg, OR 97132

Central Oregonian

558 N Main Street, Prineville, OR 97754

The Sandy Post

Po Box 68, Sandy, OR 97055

The South County Spotlight

33548 Edward Lane Suite 130, Scappoose, OR 97056

Woodburn Independent

PO Box 965, Woodburn, OR 97071

Ashland Daily Tidings

PO Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501

The Creswell Chronicle

PO Box 428, Creswell, OR 97426

The New Era

PO Box 390, Sweet Home, OR 97386

Valley Herald

PO Box 664, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862

Heppner Gazette-Times

PO Box 337, Heppner, OR 97836

Burns Times-Herald

355 N Broadway Ave, Burns, OR 97720

The Times

PO Box 278, Brownsville, OR 97327

Rogue River Press

8991 Rogue River Hwy, Grants Pass, OR 97527

Lebanon Local

1313 Main St, Sweet Home, OR 97386

Baker City Herald

2005 Washington Ave #101, Baker City, OR 97814

Curry Coastal Pilot

15957 Highway 101 S STE 1, Brookings, OR 9741

The Observer

911 Jefferson Ave, La Grande, OR 97850

The Redmond Spokesman

PO Box 788, Redmond, OR 97756

Argus Observer

1160 SW 4th St, Ontario, OR 97914

The Nugget Newspaper

PO Box 698, Sisters, OR 97759

Philomath Express

1835 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330

Port Orford News

Port Orford, OR 97465

Smoke Signals

Grand Ronde, OR 97347

Upper Rogue Independent

Wheeler County News

PO Box 190, Spray, OR 97874

Blue Mountain Eagle

195 N Canyon Blvd, John Day, OR 97845

East Oregonian

211 SE Byers Ave, Pendleton, OR 97801

Seaside Signal

1555 N Roosevelt Dr, Seaside, OR 97138

Hermiston Herald

333 E Main St, Hermiston, OR 97838

Wallowa County Chieftain

209 NW 1st St, Enterprise, OR 97828

Yachats News

P.O. Box 284, Yachats, OR 97498

Tillamook County Pioneer

Contact Us

Jody Lawrence-Turner
FORJ executive director
Direct: 541-383-0308Cell: 509-953-2957

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