News Industry Analyst Looks at Challenges Facing The Oregonian's New Editor

Ken Doctor says the paper's Sunday paid print circulation has dropped below 200,000

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Readers of The Oregonian got a piece of good news this week: The state's largest newspaper has hired much-decorated and widely respected investigative editor Mark Katches as its new top editor. That announcement follows stark changes by the state's largest newspaper in its move to the web: Its New York-based owners, Advance Publications, conducted widespread layoffs last summer, and instituted online ...   More
 
Thursday, July 3, 2014 AARON MESH

Political Reporter Harry Esteve Leaving The Oregonian

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Harry Esteve, one of the top political reporters at The Oregonian, is leaving the paper for a job at Portland State University.Esteve joined The Oregonian in 1999. He has become one of the pillars of the newspaper's state political team, conducting in-depth examinations of business energy tax credits and the Oregon Lottery. He has most recently been leading the paper's coverage of Oregon Gov. John ...   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 AARON MESH

The Oregonian Wins Pulitzer for Editorials on PERS

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The Oregonian was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Monday for a series of editorials on the rising costs of Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System.The Pulitzer announcement said the newspaper's editorials explained "the urgent but complex issue of rising pension costs, notably engaging readers and driving home the link between necessary solutions and their impact on everyday lives." The paper also ...   More
 
Monday, April 14, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Two Oregonian Reporters Jump Ship

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Two reporters familiar to readers of The Oregonian are leaving the paper. The departures of Kimberly A.C. Wilson, a general assignment reporter, and Christian Gaston, who covers the Legislature and state politics, come on the heels of a new Oregonian management policy that rewards reporters for the quantity, rather than the quality, of their online output. Wilson, 46, joined The Oregonian in 2004 from ...   More
 
Monday, April 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Click Factory

With quotas and incentive pay for reporters, The Oregonian is again changing its readers’ experience.


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The future of The Oregonian is filled with questions.  Do you believe Portland is America’s fittest city? Should dogs be allowed in grocery stores? Would you accept a donated organ from a   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 AARON MESH

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

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

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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

Burning The Bridge

An Oregonian editorial columnist bashed the CRC too many times. Now he’s an ex-columnist.


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While a bill to revive the Columbia River Crossing clings to life in the Legislature, Brendan Monaghan’s brief career as an editorial columnist for The Oregonian is over—and it’s hard to esc   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Oregon Lawmakers Honor Musician and Sex Offender Curtis Salgado

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Today, the Oregon Senate paid tribute to the Oregon blues musician Curtis Salgado, who toured with acts such as Santana and Bonnie Raitt and was reportedly an inspiration for the Blues Brothers movie. "We, the members of the Seventy-seventh Legislative Assembly, honor Curtis Salgado," reads Senate Concurrent Resolution 205, introduced by state Sen. Jackie Winters (R-Salem) and a bi-partisan host of ...   More
 
Friday, February 14, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

City commissioner goes Richard Sherman on the daily paper.

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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

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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

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