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

The Oregonian's InPortland Is Taking A Hiatus

In light of yesterday's news of 37 layoffs at The Oregonian, we were surprised this morning to find no InPortland section in the Thursday edition of the daily. Was that section part of a budget cutting? For non-Oregonian readers, InPortland is the weekly tabloid of 8-12 pages tucked into the Thursday paper. It features a cover story and smaller bits of community news. It hasn't been cut. ...   More
Thursday, February 25, 2010 HANK STERN

The Oregonian Lays Off 37 People (UPDATED)

As promised last fall, layoffs at The Oregonian have started. Here's the release from The Oregonian, which says most of the 37 layoffs have taken place in the newsroom with "smaller numbers in advertising, circulation and accounting. We're working to confirm the names of people we've heard so far who got notified, and will update this post when that happens. UPDATE: Among the veteran reporters ...   More
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 HANK STERN

A Few Juicy Bits About the Jason Krohn Police Complaint

Local cop-watchers have had today's date marked on their calendars for some time. Tonight the Independent Police Review Division's Citizen Review Committee will hear the appeal of a complaint by Jason Krohn, the son of retired Portland cop Kelly Krohn. The Oregonian published a lengthy article in December about Jason Krohn's drunken tussle with police outside a downtown bar in August 2006 ...   More
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

The Oregonian Omits a Pulitzer Winner In Its Print Version — The Seattle Times

Yesterday, the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded and The Seattle Times was honored for its breaking news coverage of the coffee shop shooting death of four police officers. But you wouldn't know this if you relied on The Oregonian's print edition for news. Portland's own daily ran a story today in print on the Pulitzers, journalism's highest honor, but managed to ignore the Seattle Times — a ...   More
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 Story Forum Editor


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