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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.

Full story: Women Of the News: Ferndale’s Enterprising Editor, Caroline Titus

  1. June 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Great Story.

    Thank You too for exposing your former local shammer whom I am sure dropped the jaws of many Ferndalians whom were trustworthy but did not receive the trustworthiness back.

    Sad that backstabbers exist.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  2. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Impressive and well-deserved recognition.

    Not 100% sure what what Henchman was saying, but think it was positive.

  3. June 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Hmmm, 11:43 pm

    “what what” = 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.

    2nd paragraph of headline entry.

    Fraud = backstabber

    Summary = bye bye backstabber

    JL

  4. Joel Mielke
    June 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Henchman, I know it’s a struggle for you, but think before you write, and then you won’t have to reiterate.

    And congratulations; you managed to use “whom” incorrectly twice in the same sentence.

  5. Andrew Bird
    June 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Like Kevin Hoover (Arcata Eye) and Jack Durham (McKinleyville Press), Caroline Titus is able to make a small, local weekly newspaper work because of her commitment to the community and to quality reporting and writing.

    Like Dave Rosso at the Times-Standard, Caroline once worked in the world of big-time journalism. She is a veteran of the Capitol press corps here in Sac. She worked at KFBK Radio, a big regional news/talk station, early in her career – the same station that launched the career of Rush Limbaugh. I’ve always wanted to ask her if she ever rubbed elbows with El Rushbo – but according to the Huffpo story the answer is yes indeed she did.

  6. June 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Were there doubters when the goodtimes rolled?Faith in one man with mo questions–happened at HSU, too.

  7. June 16, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Were there doubters when the goodtimes rolled?Faith in one man with mo questions–happened at HSU, too. In enquiring reporter cam make the difference.

  8. The Big Picture
    June 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Despite every measurable economic, environmental, and social indicator continuing in free-fall, the conformity of mild dissent is apt to be confused for outspoken moral acuity.

  9. Little Buddha
    June 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Being positive about things is easier than I thought it would be. I recommend it.

  10. The Big Picture
    June 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Of course it is!

    And while your head is deeply embedded in the sand, remember that it’s always darkest before it goes pitch black.

    The status-quo deeply appreciates you’re remaining positive…as the rest of the world protests in outrage!

  11. June 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    “Despite every measurable economic, environmental, and social indicator continuing in free-fall, the conformity of mild dissent is apt to be confused for outspoken moral acuity.” Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ah……….I love it!

  12. Anonymous
    June 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Is that Caroline Titus? She’s hot.

  13. Ferd Nancee
    June 17, 2011 at 11:26 am

    This bit of writing is a shameless promo for Ferndale because we’re upon Summer and business owners are concerned with the lousy economy. The Enterprise fan base has tapered off over the last couple of years, it has shrunk while the cost has gone up. Furthermore, Titus is married to a member on the city council and there are doubts she can report on council matters objectively. Yeah, she’s kinda hot and has a temper to match.Not especially friendly to others in the media. Forthermore, the paper has very limited appeal as it concerns on the tiny town of Ferndale and nothing else.

  14. Joel Mielke
    June 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    “…the paper has very limited appeal as it concerns … the tiny town of Ferndale…”

    That’s why I don’t look for news from Europe and the Middle East in the Ferndale Enterprise, but thanks for the heads up.

  15. June 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    This thread of comments was sent to me by someone who read the Huffington Post piece and enjoyed it…thanks to those of you who enjoyed it as well!

    I do, however, want to offer clarification on at least one of the comments here regarding the intent and timing of the article.

    I became aware of Ms. Titus’s story via a mutual friend and found it a fascinating and inspirational one, particularly in the light of other newspaper women coming to the fore (i.e., Jill Abramson of The New York Times). I initiated the contact with Ms. Titus, told her of my intentions with the piece, and she was gracious enough to allow me to write the profile (so to at least this person in the media, she was quite lovely!:)

    Ms. Titus had nothing whatsoever to do with the timing of the article or when it was published at The Huffington Post. The editors of the Post and I were the only people involved in that determination.

    So to the suspicion of it being a “shamelss promo for Ferndale,” I can assure you the time of the season had no bearing; if, however, that arbitrary timing assists in any way with the economy of the very wonderful Ferndale, I would be absolutely delighted!

    Lorraine Devon Wilke

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