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Local Media Know the Problems; How About Helping Communities Get to Solutions?

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March 30, 2017View for printing

In Vale, Oregon, everyone was concerned about the community college, but no one was talking about it. The local paper took a chance by producing an event to get the conversation started. An editor argues that, in some cases, the media's job goes beyond just reporting news to helping prompt discussion that could lead to action.

Community journalists are uniquely poised to serve as more than billboards for local information. They have an opportunity to pull segments of a community together, focusing them on an issue of importance, whether it's how to drive down local poverty or replace a dangerously aging school.

By Les Zaitz

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City Club Missoula is fulfilling this challenge through its monthly forums that have hosted and will continue to host community discussions on a wide range of topics pertinent to our future.

I would encourage every other community to contact CCM and learn more about the process and the resulting community dialogue that continues well after the gatherings.

I would encourage everyone who has a suggestion for a community forum to contact CCM:

Call: 541-CITY


Mail: P.O. Box 9071, Missoula, Montana 59807

Please join your fellow citizens at the next forum: City Club Missoula Presents: The Enigma Of Growth In Missoula - 4/10 - Missoula, Montana

You can read about the history of CCM here: ... p;cat_id=45

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