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.


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,, 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

Black and White and Red All Over

Owners of the Oregonian gamble on the newspaper’s digital future.

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The death of The Oregonian as you know it came at 9:58 am on June 20. That’s when reporters, editors, photographers and designers who put out the 163-year-old daily newspaper were told to “p   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 AARON MESH

Letter from New Orleans

A report on the Newhousing of the Times-Picayune

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Dear Portland:Sorry to hear about your paper. We in New Orleans got “Newhoused” a year ago, and readers of The Times-Picayune are still grousing. Advance Publications promised us, and yo   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Kevin Allman

The Oregonian Takes Big Step That Hints the End of Daily Publishing is Coming


There are new signs that the owners of The Oregonian are moving forward with plans to end daily publication of the state's biggest newspaper.On May 17, the Oregonian Publishing Co. filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for protection of a new brand name: Oregonian Media Group.For the employees of the state's biggest newspaper—and anyone concerned by the paper's ...   More
Friday, June 14, 2013 AARON MESH

Oregonian Employees Told to "Optimize" 2013

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Oregonian newsroom employees were handed laminated cards this week with the paper's 2013 "strategic initiatives."The wallet-sized handouts, which some O tipster sent to Jim Romenesko's media blog, are full of enough corporate speak to make any self-respecting wordsmith do a face palm.One gem: "Optimize customer experiences across platforms to strengthen our brand."The initiatives—which also ask employees ...   More
Friday, February 8, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Oregonian Owners Plan Cutbacks in Cleveland


Advance Publications continues its newspaper-cutting march to the sea.The New Jersey-based company that owns The Oregonian is planning to cut newsroom staff at The Cleveland Plain Dealer by a third and reduce print editions to three days a week, according to the newspaper Guild at The Plain Dealer. Poynter broke the story this week."Friends and supporters, we wanted to let you know that The Plain Dealer ...   More
Friday, December 7, 2012 AARON MESH

Oregonian's Owner Cuts Print Editions at Two More Papers

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The Oregonian's owner keeps lopping off publication days back east.Advance Publications, the New Jersey-based media company that owns The Oregonian, has announced it's reducing print editions at two of its daily newspapers: the Syracuse Post-Standard and the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Both papers will print three days a week starting in January.Today's announcement makes 10 daily papers where Advance ...   More
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 AARON MESH

Stop the Presses

The Oregonian may not be a daily newspaper much longer.

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The Oregonian as a daily newspaper is facing a final deadline. The 162-year-old newspaper—once considered one of the nation’s best—is losing readers and advertisers in a state where it dom   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 AARON MESH

Redesign Coming For OregonLive—But No Word On Any Changes At The Oregonian

Announcement follows dramatic cuts at sister papers; Oregonian publisher mum


Today, the company that owns Portland's only daily newspaper announced a redesign of its affiliated website, hosts The Oregonian's online content, but operates as a separate company; both website and newspaper are owned by the privately held Advance Publications.The new OregonLive design looks exactly like the revamped Advance sites in New Orleans and Alabama, where Advance ...   More
Friday, June 22, 2012 by Corey Pein


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