'Personal Attacks' Prompt The O to Kill Richardson Comments

Looks like Portland lawyer Randy Ray Richardson is still just as contentious a figure as he was when we profiled him back in 2003. The Oregonian has shut down the comments section on its Richardson story today because of what the daily calls "personal attacks" by commenters. The story reports that Richardson — a former Multnomah County prosecutor turned hot-shot defense lawyer who goes ...   More
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

JUICY SUITS: The O Gets Dragged to Court over Buyout Deal

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before The Oregonian got sued over which employees were allowed to take last year's buyout offers. It was generous of the paper's New Jersey-based owners to offer two years' salary and benefits to most employees who had worked at the paper more than 10 years and agreed to walk away. Employees who had between five and 10 years' tenure were offered one year's ...   More
Thursday, September 17, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Oregonian Says Its Financial Situation "Remains Critical" And Hopes to Avoid Layoffs

In language so clear it requires no MBA to understand, The Oregonian posted a story on its website today that says the paper hopes enough people take the latest buyout offer under consideration by employees. The daily is hoping that because the more employees take the newest buyout offer, the better the chance there won't have to be layoffs, according to excerpts from a letter written to staff ...   More
Friday, September 25, 2009 HANK STERN

Fred Stickel Day!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Oregonian Editor Tells Staff It Appears Layoffs Are "Inevitable"

Some dispiriting news from Oregonian Editor Sandy Rowe to staff during new publisher N. Christian Anderson III's first week on the job. In an email that went out yesterday afternoon, Rowe told the newsroom that it appears not enough staffers have accepted the daily's most recent buyout offer to employees. As a consequence, she warns a "layoff is inevitable despite our determination to avoid ...   More
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregonian Circulation Takes Another Tumble (UPDATED with new publisher named)

The Oregonian's daily circulation numbers fell 12.06 percent in the most recent six-month period measured by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The O was one of 15 daily papers in the top 25 to suffer double-digit declines, joining sister papers in the Newhouse chain that also had steep circulation falls such as The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (down 11.24 percent) and The (Newark) Star-Ledger (down ...   More
Monday, October 26, 2009 HANK STERN

Who's Planning To Take The Oregonian's Latest Buyout Offer

Below is the latest unofficial list of people who are planning to take the most recent buyout offer from The Oregonian. Staffers at the daily have until Monday to change their mind and take their name off the list. But that of course exposes them to an involuntary layoff on less generous terms. Some of the more prominent names departing the paper have already been reported. But this is the first ...   More
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 HANK STERN

Spadea: The Sequel

The Oregonian is unrepentant enough about the criticism it got for running a front page wrap-around ad (known as a "spadea") on Sunday opposed to Measures 66 and 67 that it did it again in today's paper. One distinction in today's spadea is that the words "PAID ADVERTISEMENT" are bolder and larger than in Sunday's version (a concession that new O publisher N. Christian Anderson III said in the ...   More
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 HANK STERN

High-School Redesign: PPS Expresses "Disappointment" to The Oregonian About An Article Before Publication

Two weeks ago, The Oregonian published an informative article about Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign. The redesign has been in the making for two years but has yet to produce any definitive answers about the future of Portland's schools. Taking PPS' own public statements at face value, Oregonian education reporter Kimberly Melton conducted an analysis to show which of the district's ...   More
Friday, February 5, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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