Location: Vale, Ore.
About the News Organization: The Malheur Enterprise is a weekly newspaper with a vigorous online presence serving the most impoverished county in all of Oregon. Its small team works hard to provide smart, meaningful coverage for a county that is larger than nine states. More than 100 years old, the paper was about to fold in 2015 when two veteran journalists rescued it and now use it as a journalism laboratory to learn how to serve a remote, rural community with high-quality reporting. The Enterprise is focused on aggressive, fair and accurate news coverage.
About the Position: This Report for America corps member primarily focuses on Latino issues in the region. Approximately 30 percent of Malheur County residents are Latino, and many are employed in agriculture. This population is poorly represented among community institutions such as school boards, city councils and Chambers of Commerce. This reporter is responsible for giving voice to Latino concerns and successes and informs the broader community in determining ways to make local news accessible. Additionally, the reporter is responsible for collaborating with media partners in the region, particularly daily newspapers in Idaho, to tell more substantive stories with impact that ordinarily would be beyond the reach of a rural weekly newspaper.