The mission of Writers on the Range is to support local journalism by:
Helping the editorial section reclaim its place as the center of community debate and ideas.
Working with the region’s best essayists and thought leaders and paying them for their talent.
Developing editorials about the economic, cultural and legislative change taking place in the west with a focus on natural resources and public lands.
Delivering a weekly feed of one – two editorials – at no charge – to publications throughout the west.
Writers on the Range has a 20 year history as the op-ed syndication service of the award-winning High Country News. Paul Larmer and Betsy Marston, the two editors who ran the service for the past 20 years, worked to bring the service to more than 80 newspapers throughout the west.
But local journalism is under threat. More than 150 publications have shut down in the past 15 years; most in small rural communities. Publications hanging on have cut staff and reduced content. Talented editorial writers have been among the hardest hit.
That is why, after a year’s hiatus we have rebooted Writers on the Range as a stand-alone, unaffiliated op-ed syndicate. We send three editorials a week – at no charge – to daily and weekly publications throughout the west.
Betsy Marston edits the service backed by some of the region’s most talented writers and thinkers.
Our funding model is through foundation support and donations. The current business model for local journalism is broken. We must secure financial support as a bridge until a new business model emerges.
To build and maintain local communities, we must have strong local journalism with a strong editorial presence.