Saturday, May 14, 2005

Portland Tribune

So... the Trib is moving its editorial offices to Clackamas County. Word on the street is that its reporters are not too happy, they worry about the appearance - and criticism that's likely to come from the Willamette Week and the Mercury. They won't have to worry about the O - it's almost a law that our large daily will never refer to its Tuesday & Friday competitor.

Methinks the paper is doing such a nice job, and since technology can make anyone very mobile, it will have no effect.

Thoughts?

BTW - Not Mike Donahue.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Mitch said...

I wouldn't particularly care, except it's the Portland Tribune.

And I wish you would have played along. Boo.

Saturday, May 14, 2005 8:41:00 PM  
Blogger The One True b!X said...

Aren't they keeping some staff at the downtown office? It wasn't clear to me to what extent.

Still, it's crappy from an appearance standpoint.

Saturday, May 14, 2005 11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a look at the advertising, its obvious they don't have much time left. I can't see Pamplin subsidizing the tribune for much longer.

Sunday, May 15, 2005 8:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, KPAM has been a money pit for five years, and Dr. Bob shows no sign of putting a tourniquet on the bleeding. Of course they started out as must-listen, but now they're primarily a relay station for the shallow rightie blab that comes in on the dish and infests everything on the AM dial north of 620.

Sunday, May 15, 2005 9:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only are the Tribue reporters unhappy...KPAM reporters are practically up in arms! Any time they have to cover stuff in town they'll have a 30-minute drive ahead of them!

Sunday, May 15, 2005 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Suzii said...

Maybe this can be a limited test case for the truism that journalism is safe from outsourcing.

Sunday, May 15, 2005 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Paplin should call on Bible man to bail them out. He seems to spend enough on that bizarre TV show.

Sunday, May 15, 2005 5:55:00 PM  
Blogger The One True b!X said...

Is Willie Ames still Bible Man, or do they have a new one now?

Monday, May 16, 2005 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still Willie.

Monday, May 16, 2005 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Portland Tribune Closer to Boring

From an anonymous Trib writer (not me)

Monday, May 16, 2005 1:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't we have two dailies? We used to, so nobody can tell me we're too small of a metro area for two dailies. Most cities our size or slightly larger have two! And apparently the Tribune can't survive as twice-weekly. Time for new management!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 8:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know why our dailies out west are such a drag. With the exception of some fine writing out of the LA Times and the occasional hit from one of the weeklies, our papers just don't have much to say. I miss my times back east reading rags like the NY Post and the Philly Daily News. Even though I don't believe full tabloids format would work in PDX, I'd like to see a little more controversy from our journalists. More human interest stories on Page 1, not C4.

And the Oregonian Living section is simply said a waste. How often do you see someone under 30 reading the Oregonian or Times/PI in Seattle or Chron in SF. There's nothing there for the under 30s but sports and and even though the sports in SF, LA & Seattle (marginally) do the job, our Oregonian sports section sucks. Sports reporting does not consist of mentioning vague relationships to former UO/OSU athletes with no connection on Portland or high school basketball. FCS, we don't even have a beat writer for the Mariners! Major league city? I don't think so. How about a weekly section on action sports. How about up-close-and-personal interviews with Blazers/Timbers/Winterhawks, etc. Fat chance.

Sorry for the rant. Just taking advantage of the forum.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 1:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the O's Metro section first, and I like the new "In Portland" section. I work for the City and I like VARIETY in addition to the in-depth stuff. It seems like the O is learning from WW and the Mercury and having some fun in the new section.

The Trib has good pictures--that's about it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 2:23:00 PM  
Blogger activist kaza said...

To the anon ranter on west coast papers, the Seattle Times is pretty decent (and very independent). But I'll agree with you that much of what's out here is drivel compared with the NYT, Philly Inquirer or the WP. But then, so is most of the rest of the country poor by comparison! As for the b'O lacking a "beat reporter for the Mariners", please...spare me! Portland media do enough to hype the Seahawks and Mariners already and a lot of us resent being treated as the Emerald City's poor step-sibling. The M's aren't our team and the continual propping up (via links with their TV network etc.) only undercuts Portland's own efforts to gain a MLB franchise. That's my take, anyway...can't you go and get the M's news on-line?

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 8:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the comment that technology makes location less important, I have to say that's nonsense when it comes to journalism. A reporter needs to be on the scene for a story to be worthwhile. Writing about the Pearl District or St. Johns from Clackamas County is no better than writing about Iraq — or even worse, Rwanda — from DC.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 9:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Trib folds, I will miss some things-the news writing is as good as the O (maybe that's faint praise), and sometimes the features are amusing...especially that nutcase Spitznass.

Everytime I read her column I wonder if she is having a nervous breakdown, having a hard time with aging/menopause, or all of the above.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 3:18:00 PM  

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