Big Changes in Oregon Newspapers

newspapersBy Oregon Small Business Association Foundation,

The Oregonian and Willamette Week have both announced major changes for their publications.

This summer, the Oregonian will close its pressroom facility on SW Taylor Street. Advance Central Services Oregon, which was formed as a separate company, has provided the printing services for the Oregonian as well as the Oregon Media Group’s weekly papers and specialty publications. Signature Graphics, a printer located near the Portland Airport, will take over the printing. Advance Publications retained a broker to explore the sale of the Taylor Street building, which occupies over a city block near Providence Park. In 2013, almost 100 Oregonian employees lost their jobs in the shift away from daily home deliveries to more reliance on their web-based reporting.

In other publishing news, Richard Meeker, co-owner and publisher of Willamette Week, has stepped down as publisher. Mark Zusman will continue as editor and assume the role of publisher. Meeker and Zusman created City of Roses Newspapers, a media company which owns alt newspapers in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina as well as Willamette Week. Meeker will now focus more attention to the other two papers.
The Brent Walth, managing editor of Willamette Week, (also former The Oregonian Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter ) has accepted a new job as an assistant professor in the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism.

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