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COLUMN: Hey, Malheur County, let’s hear your thoughts about future of news

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

The task won’t be hard – just listening.

But the results could greatly affect what you know about Malheur County.

Starting this week, I’m gathering folks, about a dozen at a time, for about an hour of research. The first bunch met over coffee in Ontario, and other sessions will follow there, in Vale, and in Nyssa.

What I’m after is an understanding of how the people of Malheur County keep themselves informed. That means where do you get your news, what news aren’t you getting, and what about your community do you most care about.

This is important because in a democracy, the people are expected to govern themselves. We’re not doing a very good job of it right now. The country seems split a half-dozen different ways politically, spiritually and culturally. We spend more time attacking public officials . . .