Y’all probably heard this story from NPR the other day:
The Malheur Enterprise was founded in 1909, and, like many other newspapers, was languishing. But in the past few years, its circulation has surged and it has won several national awards.
. . .
“Our overall revenue is more than triple what it was three years ago,” says Les Zaitz, the paper’s editor and publisher. “Circulation is probably double. We’re profitable, and there are not a lot of papers in the United States that can say they’re profitable.”
. . .
Reporter Pat Caldwell, who has been a journalist for 22 years, says Zaitz has transformed the way he works. “It’s all about detail,” Caldwell says, “detail, detail, detail. Y’know? And why, why, why, why? Why are you doing this? Why is this happening? Who pays for it?”
Do any of our local media ever ask Why?
Why are we so het up to build a $180+ million arena downtown?
Why does the City think we need a Great Wolf Lodge so bad that the taxpayers have to pay for it?
Why does City Council retire to Executive Session at the first sign of citizen dissent? Why can’t the public hear their discussion?
I guess the real question is why don’t our local media ask why.