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Oregonian Digital Shift

Advance defends bonuses for reporters who post frequently and join comment chains

Advance’s quota and bonus system at The Oregonian came in for heavy criticism last week, prompting a rejoinder from the typically close-mouthed private company.

In a note to senior executives shared with Poynter, Advance Local’s President Randy Siegel says that … Read more


Oregonian goes to smaller print format

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The Oregonian will go from a "broadsheet size to a compact format," the paper announced Tuesday. The new paper will be "about 15 inches tall by 11 inches wide." The paper expects to complete its transition to the new format by April 2.
The type size will not change. Local, national and international news will be combined into the main news section. Sports will remain as a stand-alone section, as will Business on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On Wednesday, Foodday + Living and health news will be combined into a single features section. On Sundays, the features sections also combine into a single A&E, Living and Travel section.

Advance Local president: ‘signs of success are everywhere’

Privately held Advance has been mostly mum on the results of its cutback of print editions in most markets and the relaunch of its newspapers as digital media companies. But in a year-end letter to employees, Advance Local President Randy Siegel partly answers one key questions skeptics like me have been posing:
Most of our new organizations are rapidly increasing their digital revenue and approaching the point where digital ad revenue growth will be larger than print ad revenue declines. This positions us well for the future given the inexorable shift of print advertising dollars to digital. When we started launching our new companies, growing digital ad revenue faster than losing print ad revenue was one of our preeminent goals and we are getting there sooner than expected. A special shout-out to our sales teams in Michigan, New Orleans and Syracuse where 25-30 percent year-over-year digital gains now seem par for the course.
Siegel also confirms that the print-to-digital strategy is coming to its New Jersey, Massachusetts, Staten Island and  Pennsylvania titles in the New Year. (more...)

Oregonian hopes to ‘keep reporter numbers where they are today’

How many jobs did The Oregonian shed after it announced staff and home-delivery reductions last week? Willamette Week's Aaron Mesh reports "about 95 employees" lost their jobs.
University of Oregon professor Suzi Steffen was more exact:

Asked about layoff numbers, Oregonian editor Peter Bhatia referred me to publisher N. Christian Anderson III, who told me in an email: "I am not commenting on the number of layoffs, either company-wide or in the newsroom. At any rate, not everyone who was offered a severance package may end up leaving." (more...)

What will Oregonian reductions mean for competing news orgs, readers?

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The just-announced reductions in home delivery and staff at Advance's The Oregonian aren't good news to journalists who'll find out Friday whether they still have jobs or to people who like getting the newspaper at home. But what do they mean for other news organizations and to people who consume news?

The Columbian is published just across the Columbia River from Portland in Vancouver, Wash. Its publisher, Scott Campbell, tells Columbian reporter Cami Joner the paper has no plans to cut delivery frequency.

“If there are subscribers over here that subscribe to The Oregonian only and they’re interested in a seven-day publication, they may want The Columbian,” Columbian circulation and production director Marc Dailey tells Joner. “The caveat is that someone subscribing to The Oregonian may want more Oregon and Portland news.”

Experiences in other markets dominated by Advance papers may prove instructive. (more...)
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Oregonian to reduce home delivery, lay off staff

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The Oregonian announced Thursday that it will be reducing home delivery to four days a week. The paper will deliver on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will continue to publish daily.

N. Christian Anderson III announced that "newsroom layoffs are beginning immediately" and that staffers will know by Friday morning if they've been laid off, Willamette Week's Aaron Mesh reports. (more...)

Oregonian adds another small-town weekly

The Oregonian, a publication older than the state it serves, announced in late March that it’s created a new publication called the Beaverton Leader to cover news for the town that's home to Nike. Apparently it missed the industry memo to stop the presses and get out of the print business.

“Our idea is that part of a successful [newspaper] strategy has to include effective community-level journalism and advertising,” said Peter Bhatia, The Oregonian's editor, in a phone call with Poynter.

The Leader isn’t The Oregonian's first town-specific newspaper. It also distributes the Hillsboro Argus and the Forest Grove Leader. Like the Forest Grove paper, Beaverton will be distributed for free, with an advertising insert, to most of the Beaverton community on Wednesdays, and will also be included with Beaverton residents’ Oregonian papers, if they’re subscribers. (more...)
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Old pressroom in Oregon is now Internet hub | The Oregonian
Cabel Maxfield Sasser explores the "very, very old basement" of a building in Portland, Ore., and realizes that a major Internet hub for the Northwest used to be a pressroom. Old newspaper pages and humorous rules about conduct in the pressroom are still plastered to the walls (if "you wish to get intoxicated, do so only on the job"). Someone who works in the building tells him "they used to print The Oregonian down here, way back."

It's probably not The Oregonian's old pressroom, Mike Rogoway writes in The Oregonian: "historical evidence suggests that the newspaper printed continuously at another site -- the old Oregonian Building at Southwest Sixth and Alder -- from the 1890s until the late 1940s."

The Pittock Block, where Sasser conducted his exploration, had been a potential home for The Evening Telegram in 1914, Rogoway writes.
Pittock did house other publishers at times -- a 1924 directory lists both the American Educational Association and Western American Publishing Co.
So the mystery remains. Sasser's pictures are beautiful, and with the changes that have come to The Oregonian's corporate siblings in the past year, they have some extra resonance.

"The roar of the presses that ruled these rooms has been replaced, just as we all suspected, with the calculated silence of the conduit that carries our data," Sasser writes. "[N]ever has the building's transformation been so lyrically conveyed," Rogoway writes about Sasser's post. (more...)