The Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University recently was host to a special day-long discussion of the information landscape in Washington with a particular emphasis on the information needs of the rural population.
The landscape is, in many ways, an enigma. A state that is an acknowledged world leader in digital technologies has some areas where there is virtually no digital access. The big cities—clustered in four areas—have ample electronic and print news coverage. But vast areas of rural Washington have very little.