At the end of September The Oregonian announced a second round* of employee buyout packages in order to curb financial difficulties. On Wednesday, Oregonian executive editor Peter Bhatia released a memo pertaining to the reorganization of the newsroom, stating:
We are committed to keeping The Oregonian strong, both in print and online. It is important to understand that publishing a compelling newspaper is absolutely essential, even as we increase our presence on the Web and embrace the tools it offers us.
A world without newspapers is no longer unthinkable. These days, there are multiple websites dedicated to documenting the demise of the dailies nationwide. In March of this year, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer folded after 146 years in print, and numerous Northwest papers have cut staffers to stay afloat. Beyond the obvious struggles faced by any business forced to do more with less, however, newspapers’ misfortunes are raising serious questions about the future of journalism as a whole.
As The Oregonian changes in size and structure, what are the implications for the media landscape across the state?
What do you see as the future of news? Is print media dying, or is it merely in a state of transition? What do you think about the major changes at the largest newspaper in the state? Where are you getting your news?
- Peter Bhatia: Executive editor of The Oregonian
- Michelle Roberts: Former reporter for The Oregonian
- Morgan Holm: Vice President for News and Public Affairs at Oregon Public Broadcasting
- Stephen Engelberg: Managing Editor at ProPublica and former managing editor at The Oregonian
- Steve Forrester: Editor and publisher of The Daily Astorian and CEO of the East Oregonian Publishing Company
*Editor’s note: This was the second round of buyouts this calendar year, the third in the last twelve months.