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What Role Should Media Play In Portland's Homeless Crisis?


Media outlets in San Francisco plan to saturate internet, broadcast and print publications this week with news stories about an issue that has stumped politicians and residents for decades: The city's homeless.

Media outlets in San Francisco plan to saturate internet, broadcast and print publications this week with news stories about an issue that has stumped politicians and residents for decades: The city’s homeless.

Eric Risberg/AP

In San Francisco today, more than 70 media outlets are putting their competitive instincts aside. They’re banding together to flood the papers, airwaves and internet with stories about homelessness.

Meanwhile, here in Oregon, advocates are preparing a November bond measure that would provide $258 million for affordable housing — and they’re trying to figure out the best possible sales pitch for skeptical voters.

Israel Bayer is the publisher of Street Roots, a weekly newspaper that focuses on Portland’s homeless population. Bayer spoke with OPB’s Kate Davidson about the San Francisco project and Oregon’s response to a rise in homelessness.

Listen to their full conversation by clicking play in the audio player at the top of this article.

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