Local journalism is key for healthy communities: forum

March 18, 2022
Clifford Heberden

Local journalism is not optional, but essential, for healthy communities and democracy, asserted speakers in the “Trust 2022” online forum March 17 sponsored by Salish Current and Village Books. Two nationally respected journalists and Washington’s attorney general spoke to how local news coverage can help rebuild trust in democratic institutions.

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Local news and democracy forum dedicated to journalist Floyd McKay

March 10, 2022
Mike Sato

The online forum “Trust 2022: Why Independent Local News is Important to a Strong Democracy” to be held on March 17 will be dedicated to the memory of journalist and educator Floyd McKay, who died in Bellingham on March 4.

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Forum set on vital need of local journalism for strong democracy

February 17, 2022
William Dietrich

The urgent issue of supporting local news to help ensure a strong democracy will be addressed by two leading journalists and Washington’s attorney general in a free online forum next month organized by nonprofit local newsroom Salish Current in partnership with Village Books.

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Bellingham to be a two-newspaper town again — in a brave new information world

January 21, 2022
Matt Benoit

A new digital and print publication launching this month will make Bellingham a two-newspaper town once again. The publication launches into an information environment much different from the last time the town had two papers, and observers look forward to the prospect of seeing more local news on government, agriculture and other topics.

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Editor’s Desk / Readers respond to NewsMatch challenge

December 9, 2021
Mike Sato

Salish Current is not done fundraising for matching funds yet; we still have a few thousand dollars more to raise — but we’ve come a long way with the votes of confidence cast by donors in our Publisher’s Circle. The Circle’s grown and shows the breadth and depth of support from readers in Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties.

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Out of the news desert: Bellingham to get a new startup

August 15, 2021
Jim Simon / Post Alley

A local newspaper owner has announced he will launch a new for-profit local news site supplemented by a weekly print piece in Bellingham in January.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2021

From the Editor’s Desk / One year old and changing life for the better

June 4, 2021
Amy Nelson

Nonprofit local news organization Salish Current is celebrating its one-year anniversary of incorporation on June 5, and continuing on its mission to fill gaps in covering vital news and provide a forum for civil discourse in Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties.

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From the Editor’s Desk / ‘We seek truth and report it accurately and fairly’

February 18, 2021
Mike Sato

The proliferation of media platforms where facts, news and opinion swirl and mix often creates ideological divides and culture bubbles. In launching Salish Current, we thought it important to make clear distinctions between news and opinion.

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Community voices / Cascadia’s media ecosystem connects our cross-border bioregion

January 20, 2021
Derek Moscato

Journalism that embraces a larger vision of the international corridor will best serve the Cascadia bioregion’s constituents by setting up the region up to tackle the big challenges of the next century.

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Bellingham Herald news reporters opt to unionize, for the cause of ‘robust local news’

December 18, 2020
Mike Sato

Reporters at Washington state’s McClatchy Company-owned newspapers, including those at the Bellingham Herald, have moved to unionize.

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Community Voices / Erosion in local news threatens democracy

November 27, 2020
William Dietrich

Local dailies in Northwest Washington are turning into ghosts — ghost newspapers, existing in name but no longer having the staff or the commitment to cover local and regional news. The trend is part of a national crisis that’s been accelerating at warp speed since 1990.

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From the Editor / Salish Current looks to the future as two-month fundraising challenge begins

November 5, 2020
Mike Sato

Salish Current, a startup local news nonprofit organized to provide more local journalism in Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties is participating in a national giving campaign that runs through December. The site’s mission is to provide information needed in order to make informed choices about civic life and to strengthen democracy.

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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Reporter’s Notebook / Pursuing the story of the ‘Freedom to Worship Protest’

October 23, 2020
Matt Benoit

As a reporter for Salish Current, I reached out to WA3%’s website in September, looking to speak with a Whatcom County chapter member. I wanted to know who these members were in our community, how they had come to believe what they believe and how they see themselves.

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