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New News Architecture
Lots of doors opened but no house tour! That's what today's show felt like for me. Our overriding goal was to explore what impact the shrinking Oregonian has on people who are interested in what's happening in the state and on other Oregon news organizations. But we had competing threads: The Oregonian's paper versus online presence, and the challenges of non-profit news models — for two.
I wanted to at least sketch a blueprint of the future of journalism in this state. I walked away half-wondering whether the new architecture would look significantly different from the old.
We were delighted when The Oregonian's executive editor Peter Bhatia let us know this morning he could join us. I had hoped to learn more about how exactly coverage will be changing at the paper, but it seems we'll have to wait a bit on that. It was interesting to hear that The Daily Astorian's subscriptions have grown in response to the price hike of The Oregonian. Also interesting to be reminded that many local papers in the state rely exclusively on someone else to cover state government in Salem.
We ran out of time before Stephen Engelberg of Pro Publica and OPB's Vice President for News, Morgan Holm, could get into an in-depth conversation about the difficulties and limitations of non-profit news organizations. I thought one of the more interesting questions that came up was whether Oregon news organizations might collaborate more. Would that lead to better coverage? That's one thing likely to be explored more at the conference next month I mentioned at the end of the show.
Stay tuned for more on that. And let us know what other specific questions on regional media you'd like to discuss.