UPDATE, 11:30 am Friday: As first reported at Oregon Media Insiders, The O is saying "Never mind" on its buyout offer to part-time. Buzz is that publisher Fred Stickel's change of heart had something to do with the visit of this man.
UPDATE, 6 pm Black Thursday: No crocodile tears here—we've just confirmed other bad job news about a competitor. This time it comes from the Portland Tribune, which has laid off a news writer, a Web reporter and nearly the entire copy editing staff. We've also heard from at least one Trib insider that the paper will drop from twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) to once a week, on Thursdays.
As Oregon Media Insiders whispered here late last night, The Oregonian has expanded its employee buyout offer to part-timers.
In an unprecedented move, every part-time employee at The O (that tallies up to around 300 people company-wide) is being offered a buyout by the powers that be (we heard it's driven by publisher Fred Stickel's office).