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DFM’s NorCal editor David Little appeared on Reliable Sources yesterday

Digital First Media’s head editor in northern California, David Little, appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources yesterday to talk with host Brian Stelter about the paper’s efforts covering (and recovering from) the Camp Fire disaster.

Little oversees the Paradise Post, a twice-weekly community paper in the now-destroyed town of about 25,000 people. He is a native of Chico, where he has served as the editor of the Chico Enterprise-Record since 1999.

“Both the Paradise Post and the Enterprise-Record had a good number of subscribers in Paradise, and now we don’t have a town to deliver it to.”

They have been running the papers as usual and distributing them at evacuation centers. Additionally this week starting Wednesday the Paradise Post will be included as an insert inside the Enterprise-Record and the Oroville Mercury-Register to reach Paradise residents who may be staying elsewhere.

Here’s the full interview:

Little has covered the fire as only a local editor could, taking time to survey his grandma’s home near the Butte Creek Canyon, where a Bay Area News Group photographer on loan to the NorCal group shot Little standing atop the ruins of a historic covered bridge.

The iconic 132-year-old Honey Run Covered Bridge sits in ruins in Butte Creek east of Chico. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Here’s what the bridge looked like before.

Little is on Twitter at @ER_DavidLittle. His work is a good reminder of what value newspapers still have for our communities, and I am watching with respect and gratitude for that whole newsroom from a distance.

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