“You don’t need to look so serious.”

That’s the message a reader left me after seeing my photo running beside an editorial a few weeks back. Maybe people know better than to ask me to smile. (For what purpose? The male gaze, the most common resource in the universe?)

Jules Rogers is editor of the Portland Tribune.

“Local media outlets and local journalists are the backbone of national and international news, just as local businesses are the backbone of Oregon’s economy. While there are large media conglomerates in the country, the people of Oregon know how supporting local businesses can create a more thriving community. A July 2020 Pew Research study found that most Americans believe local media are the most credible sources of information. Studies show that when communities have access to local information, the population is more involved in the civic process, facilitating the democratic process: the voice of the population, well informed of the news, is heard and shared.” Local news builds public confidence in the media — and in personal media literacy skills.”

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