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

Read the Report: Oregonian Editorial Page Editor Blows 0.10 in DUII after 'Two Drinks'

The editor of the editorial page at The Oregonian told police he'd had just two drinks at Ruth's Chris Steak House downtown before he was arrested last week for drunk driving, according to the police report obtained by WW. Robert Caldwell, who has been at The O since 1983 and is arguably the most important opinion shaper in the state, told police he'd had two glasses of wine two hours before ...   More
Monday, May 24, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Oregonian Reporter Fired After Diane Downs Story Appears in Glamour (UPDATED with Bhatia comment)

Veteran Oregonian reporter Lisa Grace Lednicer got fired today after more than 12 years at the daily. Lednicer recently co-wrote a story that was published in Glamour magazine about Diane Downs' mystery daughter — a puzzling decision given that the story would have had great interest among readers of The Oregonian. Downs is perhaps Oregon's most notorious criminal after fatally shooting ...   More
Thursday, May 20, 2010 HANK STERN


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