Ferndale Enterprise featured on HuffPo
While the newspapering world braces for a (*gasp*) woman to take the helm of the New York Times, the Huffington Post shines a light on Caroline Titus, award-winning editor of the Ferndale Enterprise.
It’s rare in today’s hyper-digitized, multi-media world to hear any kind of good news about brick and mortar newspapers. They’re dropping like flies and whatever life-support measures are employed – smaller pages, fewer sections, more ads, snazzy online editions – there remains a panic over how to maximize profits, meet journalistic standards and still put out a paper that people will actually pay to read. It’s a task that’s knocked out some of the best, yet in the midst of all this journalistic Sturm und Drang, The Ferndale Enterprise has endured, publishing a hard copy edition every Thursday for the last 133 years and still going strong from its tiny wood-shingled office on Main Street in Ferndale, CA., courtesy most recently of the indefatigable Ms. Titus…
It was Caroline’s investigative reporting that unearthed many of the facts of the [Humboldt Creamery] case that even Creamery board members (longtime dairymen) didn’t know. Relentless about pursuing the truth of what really happened at the 80-year old cooperative, as well as the extent of [Rich] Ghilarducci’s fraud, The Enterprise became THE source not only for investigators and other reporters, but for a multitude of creditors who were owed millions by the eventual bankruptcy of this once seemingly impervious institution. The Enterprise ultimately won several national awards for their reporting on the Creamery debacle: for breaking news coverage, in-depth coverage, and investigative reporting. Quite a legacy for a small town rag.