Oregonian Accidentally Outs Food Critic Michael Russell?

BBQ slideshow appears to include photograph of Portland’s last anonymous food critic.


Food & Drink
Most Portlanders who read Michael Russell’s restaurant reviews have never seen his face. That’s impressive in an era where it’s basically impossible to remain unphotographed, and when struggling media outlets obsessively attempt to promote their big names. Yet the Oregonian’s everyman food critic remains hidden behind a crude avatar that depicts him as an elderly hobo eagerly awaiting a pot ...   More
Monday, July 8, 2013 by Martin Cizmar

Black and White and Red All Over

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

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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 Already Hiring New Reporters


Three days after The Oregonian finished laying off nearly a quarter of its newsroom staff, the paper's new digital company, Oregonian Media Group, is advertising reporting jobs at the paper. Oregonian Media Group, the new company formed by The Oregonian, has begun posting job openings this morning—for a general assignment reporter, a music critic, a content data analyst, and an advertorial editor."You ...   More
Monday, June 24, 2013 AARON MESH

More Than 35 Newsroom Staff Laid Off at The Oregonian

UPDATE: Layoff list tops 90 people. Here's the letter publisher N. Christian Anderson sent employees.

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Newsroom layoffs at The Oregonian have topped 35 reporters, editors and photographers today as the paper reduces home-delivery days and cuts staff. Among the more prominent names WW has confirmed The Oregonian has laid off are editorial columnist David Sarasohn, environmental reporter Scott Learn, and Multnomah County reporter Dana Tims. Many staffers have begun posting their own layoff announcements ...   More
Friday, June 21, 2013 AARON MESH

Oregonian Owners Keep Cleveland Paper at Seven Days a Week

But home delivery cut to three days


The New Jersey-based owners of The Oregonian have revealed their latest cutbacks in Cleveland—but they have for now spared The Plain Dealer the reduction in print days that gutted The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Instead, Advance Publications Inc.—the Newhouse media empire that owns more than three dozen newspapers across the country—announced today that it will reduce home delivery of The Plain ...   More
Thursday, April 4, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Montavilla Bar Tanuki Closes to Head off Oregonian Review

The Oregonian reviews them anyway.

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Food & Drink
Montavilla sake bar/foodie haven Tanuki has temporarily closed today, apparently to head off a positive review by The Oregonian that would bring more diners to the establishment.Owner Janis Martin posted an open apology on Facebook to her "patrons, regulars, guests and fellow travelers on the path of J-punk oddity," further stating that Tanuki would be closed in order to deal with licensing ...   More
Thursday, March 21, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE


The Oregonian savages Southland Whiskey Kitchen as the Portland Mercury praises it: So who’s right?


Food & Drink
Southland Whiskey Kitchen (1422 NW 23rd Ave, 224-2668) is somehow the most controversial restaurant in town right now.The newish joint on Northwest 23rd Avenue is a big and fancy outlet for meat and whiskey from the people who own the Casa del Matador chain. It’s right around the corner from the WW office but, honestly, I didn’t expect it to be reviewed at all, let alone get big-time treatment ...   More
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Martin Cizmar

Oregonian Owners Plan Cutbacks in Cleveland


Advance Publications continues its newspaper-cutting march to the sea.The New Jersey-based company that owns The Oregonian is planning to cut newsroom staff at The Cleveland Plain Dealer by a third and reduce print editions to three days a week, according to the newspaper Guild at The Plain Dealer. Poynter broke the story this week."Friends and supporters, we wanted to let you know that The Plain Dealer ...   More
Friday, December 7, 2012 AARON MESH

The New York Times—Aided by Oregonian Reporters—Looks at Obama's Strength in Oregon


One of the best places for political junkies to keep an eye on every tremor of the presidential race is FiftyThirtyEight, the New York Times blog dedicated to tracking polls and probabilities.The blog (named for the total number of electoral votes) uses sophisticated tracking and analysis to weigh polls and trends in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The current projection is that President ...   More
Friday, August 17, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: The O Won't Endorse a Candidate for President

Maybe lacking an opinion is a good idea.

For the first time in recent memory, The Oregonian is taking a pass on the presidential race. The daily told readers Aug. 14 it won’t endorse a candidate for president. Insiders say Publisher N. Chr   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 WW Editorial Staff


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