The Roundhouse Foundation supports authentic storytelling through rural journalism programs


University of Oregon students from the Science Story class in the School of Journalism and Communication visit an art exhibit at the Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture.

The Sisters, Oregon organization is involved in several Oregon programs that amplify community voices

SISTERS, OREGON, USA, April 28, 2022 / — The Roundhouse Foundation, which supports innovative programs in rural Oregon communities, is proud to support and spotlight several rural journalism programs throughout the state. These programs include the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) Science History Course with Professors Torsten Kjellstrand and Dennis Dimick; funding from the Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Impact Journalism Fund; supporting Underscore’s independent journalism program to expand Indigenous programming and coverage in marginalized areas of Oregon; and more.

“One of the best ways to educate and support our rural and Indigenous communities is to tell their stories in an authentic and accessible way,” said Erin Borla, CEO and Trustee of the Roundhouse Foundation. “The world of journalism has changed dramatically over the past two decades, and we know that those important stories, and the community voices to better tell those stories, could easily get lost in the reshuffle. That’s why it’s so important for us to provide continued support and funding to journalism programs that want to change this dynamic.

Students from Kjellstrand and Dimick’s course at the University of Oregon visited the Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture, which serves as the headquarters of the Roundhouse Foundation. SOJC and the Roundhouse Foundation are partnering to raise awareness of science stories, especially through student projects focusing on climate change and wildfires in rural Oregon.

Juan Carlos Molleda, Dean of Students at SOJC at the University of Oregon, said, “We aim for our graduates to be compassionate, thorough, and expressive professionals who can be trusted with the stories of others. As vigorous as our programs are, it is essential that students hone their skills in real-life experiences, such as through our project with the Roundhouse Foundation.Through this partnership, students connect with rural communities from Oregon to tell their stories, teaching students how to conduct respectful interviews with communities from diverse demographics.”

The Roundhouse Foundation’s support of other programs has contributed to the goal of authentically telling Oregon’s rural stories. A grant to the OPB’s Journalism Impact Fund funded key reporting positions and coverage in areas including equity, race and identity; science and discovery; rural communities; and more. Support for Underscore has helped this organization increase coverage of Indigenous communities in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

The organization also provided funding through the Society of Environmental Journalists for the “Women’s Work” podcast with Ashley Ahearn, which is part of National Public Radio’s (NPR) podcast directory. Ahearn visited working ranches across the West to meet the women who are reinventing ranching and how they stand in the face of climate change.

About the Roundhouse Foundation
The Roundhouse Foundation is a private family foundation, based in Sisters, Oregon since 2002. The Foundation believes that solutions to the unique challenges of rural Oregon communities can be found through creative thinking and problem solving, innovation and collaboration. We partner with community organizations to develop, implement, and sustain creative, place-based approaches and programs that strengthen and celebrate rural Oregon.

In addition to providing grantmaking services to rural communities and tribal areas in Oregon, the Roundhouse Foundation operates the Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture in Sisters. For more information about the Foundation or PMRCAA please visit


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