With Quotas and Incentive Pay, The Oregonian is Again Reshaping Its Experience for Readers

UPDATE: "This one is a doozy," writes David Carr.


Close readers of The Oregonian have borne witness to dramatic changes in the past several months. In October, the newspaper became a “digital first” media company, with news stories posted first to its website, Oregonlive.com, then dropped into a print edition that was reduced to home delivery four days a week. At the same time—coming after widespread newsroom layoffs—the journalism ...   More
Sunday, March 23, 2014 AARON MESH

Steve Novick Trash-Talks The Oregonian, Dubs City Hall the "Council of Boom"

City commissioner goes Richard Sherman on the daily paper.


Don't you open your mouth about the Novick.Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick today struck back at The Oregonian and its recent criticism of City Hall. His response is an homage to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman—whose post-victory trash talking has been the subject of some media attention.Novick's rant, posted on his city blog, takes a personal shot at Oregonian publisher N. Christian ...   More
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 AARON MESH

The Oregonian Changing to Tabloid Format


The Oregonian will convert all print editions to a tabloid-style format by April, publisher N. Christian Anderson III announced this morning.The format change—to 11-inch-by-15-inch, stapled vertical sections—means the newspaper's Metro section will be folded into its front-page section. That has already become a regular practice in the smaller street editions The Oregonian prints on Mondays, Tuesdays ...   More
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

Black and White and Red All Over

Owners of the Oregonian gamble on the newspaper’s digital future.

Cover Story
The death of The Oregonian as you know it came at 9:58 am on June 20. That’s when reporters, editors, photographers and designers who put out the 163-year-old daily newspaper were told to “p   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 AARON MESH

The Oregonian is Reducing Home Delivery Days, Laying Off Staff

Will move from Broadway offices, offer web edition called "MyDigitalO"


The Oregonian confirmed this morning that the paper will reduce print delivery to three four days a week. Publisher N. Christian Anderson III informed staff just before 10 am that the paper will continue to publish seven days a week, but will only deliver to subscribers on a limited number of days.Clarification at 9:15 pm: The Oregonian's initial report Thursday morning said, "Home delivery will be ...   More
Thursday, June 20, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales Tells Tribune that The Oregonian Smeared Him

Hales to O: "My reputation was torn apart on the front page"


Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales tells The Portland Tribune that The Oregonian has falsely accused him of lying about going on a neighborhood tour of St. Johns. Hales admits a campaign volunteer lifted lines from an April 21 Oregonian story about a community policing in St. Johns, in order to write a letter to the editor of the St. Johns Review. Hales gave The Tribune what he says is the volunteer's ...   More
Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

The Oregonian Admits to More Layoffs


The Oregonian today laid off a number of business-side employees, publisher N. Christian Anderson III confirmed to WW.One source tells WW that as many as 38 Oregonian employees lost their jobs today. Anderson declined to confirm how many employees were laid off. One employee described the situation as a "firestorm." Rumors of cuts had been making the rounds for weeks.Anderson's statement indicates ...   More
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 COREY PEIN

Oregonian Publisher Explains PPS Bond Ad Flap


Oregonian Publisher N. Christian Anderson III  squared off last week against Portlanders for Schools, the campaign group seeking passage of two bond measures on the May 17 ballot that would benefit Portland Public Schools.Last week, Anderson, who has been publisher of the daily since November of 2009, sent an email [PDF] to Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith about a disagreement ...   More
Monday, May 2, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Why Schools Advocates are Irked at The Oregonian


The email trail on a disagreement between Oregonian publisher N. Christian Anderson III and the group Portlanders for Schools, which is advocating for the passage of two measures on the May 17 ballot, is growing longer. A post Monday detailed an email Anderson sent to Portland Public Schools superintendent Carole Smith. Anderson's email explained why The Oregonian wanted Portlanders for Schools to ...   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

"Spadea Sunday" At The Oregonian on Measures 66 & 67

The Oregonian's new publisher had a busy Sunday on the paper's Web site defending the daily's decision to accept advertising in a "spadea" that opposes Measures 66 and 67. By way of background, a spadea is an ad wrapped around a newspaper section, and spadeas have showed up increasingly in recent months on The Oregonian's front page as a way to increase advertising revenue. But a spadea coming ...   More
Monday, January 18, 2010 HANK STERN


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