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

Murmurs: A Lobbyist Seeking a Different Pelt


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Lobbyist Paul Phillips represents many powerful interests in Salem, including physician groups that have collectively given Gov. John Kitzhaber $450,000 in recent years. Now Phillips, a lifetime membe   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia Didn't Get Nebraska Job

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The Oregonian's top editor, Peter Bhatia, isn't headed to Nebraska after all. WW reported in December that Bhatia was named one of five finalists for dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications. But last week, the Nebraska journalism school announced its selection of Maria Marron from Central Michigan University. Bhatia's vying for the Nebraska job was ...   More
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 AARON MESH

Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia Finalist for University of Nebraska Job

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The Oregonian's top editor, Peter Bhatia, is a finalist to become dean of the University of Nebraska's journalism school.Bhatia, 60, will visit the campus in Lincoln on Dec. 16 and 17. He's one of five finalists vying for the dean's seat at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.In June, he got the new title of vice president of content for Oregonian Media Group, a new company overseeing ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 AARON MESH

Steve Novick Asks Oregonian to Restore Seven Day Home Delivery

Also asks for them to rehire three writers

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Take heart, Oregonian staff: City Commissioner Steve Novick's got your back. The day after The Oregonian wrote an editorial praising Novick for reversing course on a $1 million parking meter contract, Novick wrote an editorial of his own directed to the newspaper.The piece, posted on his official city of Portland blog, asks the paper to keep seven-day home delivery and to retain laid-off reporters ...   More
 
Thursday, August 8, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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