Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Breaking (Bad) News

I just got this from a source:

Just when they thought they'd be moving into their new building in Clackamas County, six Portland Tribune employees were shown the door.
  • Pete Schulberg - Columnist
  • Jill Spitznass - Columnist
  • Kristina Brenneman - Biz Editor
  • Jeanie Senior - Biz Writer
  • Jon Bell - Biz Writer (see a pattern here)
  • Tim Jewett - Photo Editor
Managing Editor Connie Pickett was demoted to an editor position. Dwight Jaynes takes on more of a day to day managing and editing function.

Lots of us continue to wonder long this experiment will last. Perhaps the move to Clackamas was the first real indication.

I'm told more news to come.

It's always a sad day when people with families and talent are let go.

Let's wish these people a short transition to their next gig.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! A bi-weekly sports paper!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 5:53:00 PM  
Anonymous 2muchjaynes said...

These folks deserve better, as do some of the ones who were shown the door earlier.

Rumor has it, D.J. is perfecting a piece of software that will let him replicate his own writing. The formula goes something like this:

I (think/know) that (the Blazers / sports fans / Oregonian writers) are (stupid / ignorant / unwilling to pay me the rich consulting fee that I deserve) because I (know best / have the soapbox / played a sport back in the 20th century).

Baseball is far superior to soccer, and anybody who disagrees with me (just doesn't get it / doesn't have a strong need to get mail / can't count to 9 ).

Repeat above for 20 inches, with liberal use of the words "I," and "my."

Push "Publish."

Lay off colleagues.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 6:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being in TV I always looked forward to Schulberg's columns. I also liked saying Spitznass.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 6:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I guess you won't have to worry about Pete outting you since he's, uh, out.

I just talked to him this morning. He seemd a little distracted, and now I guess I know why.

Good luck, Pete.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 6:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, that leave much reason to read the Trib.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 7:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another rich conservative subsidizes a money losing "news" organ.

Last time I looked at one the front page story was about the evil seals eating all our fish. With a big pic of a seal eating a fish.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 7:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it - how do you publish a paper without writers? Same way you run a "news" radio station with no reporters (i.e., KPAM) I guess.

Pamplin first needs to medicate his apparent schizophrenia and then decide once and for all whether he wants to go big or go home. He does no one a favor (not his readers/listeners, not his employees, not his business) by slowly bleeding his media properties to death.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 7:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Got out just in time! said...

There are some of us former Pamplin employees (KPAM) who fully agree with the preceeding post. Some of us (myself included) quit rather than wait for the ax to fall yet again.

Pamplin continues to get bad advice and continues to make just plain stupid decisions. He makes big promises, like telling the staff of KPAM a few weeks before the station's debut that he was fully behind the project and if we didn't have something we needed to make the station a success, just call him and he would get it for us...including additional staff!!
Six months later the pink slips started showing up.

I hear that the renovations at the Clackamas building for KPAM and the Trib are WAY more than Pamplin thought they would be. The Trib layoffs are probably to pay for that.

My thoughts are with Pete, Jill, Kristina, Jeanie, Jon and Tim. These are six creative and talented people who deserved much better than they got.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 7:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now NOBODY covers radio and TV in Portland. NOBODY. Shaking my head here over that fact.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 9:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pamplin had a good idea -- to create an organization that covers local news.

Being a insider, I have never even heard of anyone being told what to write, what to report, nor to slant stories in any way.

Sadly, he has hired top managers who do not understand how to coordinate the organization. And, his top managers don't seem to understand that people -- good, hardworking, underpaid, overworked people -- are the greatest asset of the company.

What a shame. What a waste of resources and talent.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 9:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, just when I was hoping for a big run by the trib (or ANYONE) to get The O some comp...Eh! Since the papers inseption, I wondered where the money came from since the advertising is usually of smaller businesses which = less money.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 2:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How Pamplin thought he could make a paper for with Dwight Jaynes and Roger Anthony running the show, supported by a cast of largely ticked-off former O reporters, is beyond me. The paper never had a chance from the moment Dwight was put in charge.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 6:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Bible man will save the paper.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:05:00 AM  
Anonymous MarkDaMan said...

But they didn't get rid of Phil Stanford? No more business news, a Clackamas County perspective on Portland, and Francke stories...nice

Thursday, July 21, 2005 8:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pamplin and Co. have made as many wrong decisions at KPAM as they have at the paper. Before they started up, their idea was to compete with OPB for listeners. They couldn't and didn't. They could have hired a progressive show host or two but they didn't (not foreseeing the popularity of KPOJ).
They brought in WRITERS not broadcasters to work the drives. And who can forget those awful launch TV spots.
They ended up being nothing. Warmed over right-wingers. NOBODY who is entertaining. And no ratings to speak of.
I have never met a single person who listens to that station. Ever.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 8:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly, the next step for The Trib will be reducing the publication schedule to once a week -- presumably Fridays.

That, in turn, will clear the way for layoffs amongst the production staff.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 8:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny that they cut their photo editor, since their photos are the one thing that nearly everyone agrees they do MUCH better than the O.

This is worse than rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic--this is like throwing deck chairs on the Titanic overboard in the hopes that it will right the ship.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 8:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I have never met a single person who listens to that station. Ever."

Sounds a lot like, "I can't understand how George Bush got elected. No one I know voted for him!"

That quote, along with the use of phrases like "progessive" and "warmed over right-wingers," is yet another example of how the press doesn't "get" the conservative mindset (and doesn't try to) because it is so diametrically opposed to their left-leaning bias.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 8:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest Portland Arbitrend (Mar-Apr-May) KPAM ranks 17th in audience 12+ and 23rd adults 25-54.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually the conservative mindset is so diametrically opposed to reason. The media isn't in the business of faith.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Actually the conservative mindset is so diametrically opposed to reason. The media isn't in the business of faith."

Again, a slam at conservatives that shows you have little ability, and no desire, to represent the interests of people beyond your small circle of belief. I'm not asking you to be "in the business of faith," I'm expecting you to be in the business of fairly representing all viewpoints. Note that I said nothing about faith in my post at 8:50 -- you made the assumption that "conservative" equates to "faith." Your response tells me that you couldn't care less about fairness, and that you lump all conservatives into a small Christian box that you can conveniently ignore.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Conservative is the wrong world since those people in charge of the conservative party are NOT conservative. The rights leadership at this time IS dealing in the business of faith. They don't work in facts or reason. If the media has failed it has failed in not giving liberitarians a voice, since they are much closer to true conservatives. The "conservative" views of Fox and friends is nothing but ChristoFascism dressed up as conservative.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:42:00 AM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

Wow - how did this de-volve into this?

Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously. Can we please return our focus to the people who just lost their jobs and the paper the let them go?

Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest Arbitrend ratings (Mar-Apr-May) for KPOJ 4th 12 + and 4th 25-54. (Top ranked AM station in Portland/Vancouver market.)

Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing Robert Pamplin loves more than Jesus is the Almighty Dollar.

That death knell you hear is for Bob and Dwight's newspaper careers.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Seriously. Can we please return our focus to the people who just lost their jobs and the paper the let them go?"

No doubt. One of the Trib people was let go the day before traveling to China to pick up a baby she's adopting. Another was given his notice while taking a well-deserved vacation. Another is getting married next month. . .

Pamplin/Jaynes clearly get off on treating people like shit. Hopefully, they'll go down hard when the rag folds.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dwight is a pretty arrogant guy. No tears here.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I enjoyed reading Pete's column. And I am sad to see that the business section is a things of the past, apparently, since the business section of the Trib is much better than the "other" paper's.... But here's a question...

Layoffs are never easy on anyone, but how much money could a columnist be making anyway? I mean, can you make a living wage as a non-syndicated bi-weekly columnist in this town?

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm happy to "return our focus" to the people who lost their jobs, but it seems apparent that most people in this discussion can't do that without a slam at the faith of Mr. Pamplin, or at those who don't share your "progressive" mindset.

Latest example: "The rights leadership at this time IS dealing in the business of faith. They don't work in facts or reason. If the media has failed it has failed in not giving liberitarians a voice, since they are much closer to true conservatives."

Libertarians may, indeed, be underrepresented in media coverage. However, is it your job to "decide" who is a true conservative? Is it your job to make a gross generalization about the absence of "facts or reason" among the right? I thought your job was to fairly report the news without value judgments.

My dictionary defines Fascism as: "A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism." I'm not sure what "ChristoFascism" would mean, but I love to see the name-calling in place of attempting to understand and accurately report that segment of society.

I'll shut up now.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See Tom Delay.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To try to bring this increasingly useless exchange back to the Tribune:

I think one big problem with the paper is that it actually has no editorial identity. It's not liberal, it's not conservative. Whatever Pamplin's politics are, his paper never takes much of a stand. I would be all for a smart, tough conservative paper that backed up good reporting with a snappy opinion page. Also, the paper needs to realize that it's not operating in 1970s Spokane and come up with a look, format and coverage style more in touch with the 21st century.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

None of you have ever run a business, especially in Portland. Every business starts out with high hopes, would you rather have him promise them nothing?
No, you go forward boldly. Hoping that you will get a few breaks along the way and see some progress made. Last I checked we lived in a republic that espouses capitalism. If you want to report with absolute job security, start learning Russian.
This has nothing to do with politics, it has everything to do with sales. By the way, the O is hurting over continued losses of classifieds. Ebay is going to be the end of newpapers classifieds. Ergo, end of newspapers. No one I hang with under the age of 25 gets their news analog anymore.
Dr. Pamplin at least STARTED something! He employed a lot of great people when they had run the mill at the O. Rather than bitch about the scene, you should follow my uncle edgars advice: "nothin happens until someone sells something". Get a couple of full pagers sold in the Trib, "do something, you obviously have time on your hands".

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Is it inapproriate to send a "condolensce" type email to one of these firees?

I have a semi-relationship (business only) and wnat to say I'm sorry.

Appropriate? Or no.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should of fired Stanford and kept the reporters. He adds nothing to the paper other then a consistant hatred for all things Portland. I'm sure his salary would more then cover a few reporters.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, the paper needs to realize that it's not operating in 1970s Spokane and come up with a look, format and coverage style more in touch with the 21st century.

It could start with its website, which looks like the stuff I was putting together back in 1995 as a two-week project for a poli-sci class.

KGW is the only media outlet in Portland with a half-way decent website. KOIN, the Tribune, and OregonLive are probably tied for worst, in my view.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple notes:
- Almost every time the Trib lays someone off, they do it with absolutley no tact or compassion. The post about one employee headed for China to adopt and the other one on vacaction is absolutley true. I'm told they even brought the biz editor in for deadline day and waited till after the section was complete to drop the axe. Smooth.

- It's a known fact that some of the Trib's big-name columnists command six-figure salaries. The combined salaries of three of the laid-off reporters don't add up to one of the supposed big gun sports columnists.

- The Tribune was a very bright light in Portland's media scene when it came out. It's continued to shine, but with less intensity and only intermittently. They've regularly lopped off lower extremities in the hopes of staunching the loss, but it's not working. You cannot cut off the feet, then the legs, then the hands, then the arms, and so on, and expect to be left with a living, breathing body.

- Perhaps these latest layoffs and the consolidation of the Pamplin media empire in Clackamas is just bundling it all up in an attractive package - to sell...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jill Spitznass could not write an intelligent sentence if her life depended on it. Her columns were as vapid and shallow as they came. It sucks that she's unemployed, I guess, but it's hard to feel much sorrow that more ink won't be wasted chronicling her airheaded conformism and predictable obsession with all things consumerist. What a tool.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to grade school with Kristina Brenneman. She was a smart cookie then, she is a good writer now. She'll be fine.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Bob Pamplin woke up one morning with the realization that there was no balance for the Oregonian...okay so he has the vision to launch The Portland Tribune. Along with The Portland Tribune, he also purchased many small papers (Community Newspapers, Inc) The vision was never the problem - having NO plan was the problem. During the launch and the "combining" of community newspapers, I often wondered if there was internal sabatage based on the completely asinine choices being made. What a mess! Yes Pamplin has a doctorate in theology but trust me those values are not practiced by his employees. He has no idea what is going on in regards to the newspaper side of his business. I have never regretted leaving.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But if we don't have the Trib, how will we ever learn who really killed Michael Franke?

Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's play "count the reasons that last post deserves to be deleted."

Thursday, July 21, 2005 3:48:00 PM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

And there it went...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 4:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On KXL today I heard that Pete Schulberg is their new media expert.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 6:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I generally don't like Phil Stanford's column either but he did (and is continuing to do) a good job on the Francke case. That's worth something. But the Trib these days has little else to recommend it. They seem to be trying to chase the O with a two-day-a-week publishing schedule, which is impossible. Anyone who told Pamplin he could do this lied. Better to refashion the paper into a smart analytical weekly that unlike the WW would offer a wide spectrum of viewpoints and topics (including sports and business). There's definitely a niche for that if it's done well. A paper published less than daily can't beat a daily for breaking news but it can provide superior context and reflection.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 6:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to see a good thing change. I've enjoyed all aspects of the Trib (except I was rather tired of Promise King and glad to see him leave). I like that they tend to do balanced middle of the road reporting. I always read Jill and Pete's columns, and Phil, Kerry and Dwight are always good enetertainment. I guess a "free" newspaper needs to pay the bills somehow, and it will mean a smaller paper in the future.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 6:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the the Trib can figure out a way to get a cut of the sex ad business that keeps WW afloat?

Thursday, July 21, 2005 6:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Portland Public Schools parent, I have always appreciated the Trib's prep sports coverage. The O has had to ramp up its high school coverage in response.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 6:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

None of you have ever run a business, especially in Portland. "Every business starts out with high hopes, would you rather have him promise them nothing?"

I'VE run a business. I've published a newspaper. If I ran it like Pamplin has run his paper and his radio station I would have DESERVED to go out of business.

You sound like a Republican.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:39:00 PM  
Blogger Cliff Pfenning said...

Wow, coach Whitsitt really knows what he's doing. He's protecting his buddies Kerry Eggers and Steve Brandon, both of whom make $100K a year. And, he's clearing the way for more sports in the paper. Duh.

It would be nice for those of us who got axed by Pizza the Hutt to get together and drink some of Portland's fine beverages some evening.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 8:37:00 PM  
Blogger Mama M said...

Pamplin is crazy, and all of his businesses seem to be run like a circus. I wonder if some of your anonymous posters are't teetering on the edge much rage, people! :)

All of these folks will be fine. Better for them, I say. Now they can work for a real news organization.

How is it I just now found this blog? I LOVE dishing about news orgs!

Thursday, July 21, 2005 8:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading these comments affirms what I've always believed to be true: We're a nation of whiners and malcontents. We feel we're owed job security. We can only be fired at times that are convenient to our own lifestyles. Please ply me with the caliber of the gun that was held to the heads of these people who went to work for Pamplin. The man had a vision. Good for him. We need more of that. That vision may have been askew. Time will tell. Who knew at the time? Every one of these people decided to go on the "rainbow ride". They could have stayed with their cushy jobs elsewhere but they bought into the dream. With dreams come pitfalls. There are no guarantees. You're telling me none of them knew this? Its not up to Pamplin to tell them "this may not work." With a start-up, be it radio,tv,newspapers, magazines, soda pop, or auto parts,there is rough going ahead in a marketplace where competition already exists. There are sharks in the water out there. If these people didn't realize this it was their own fault. Sorry to be so blunt. I wish all of them the best. I hope they land on their feet and they should, but some of you people are acting as if Pamplin planned their demise before the ink was dry. I really don't think so. Entercom released an entire radio airstaff without prior notice. Clear Channel lets people go for no cause whatsoever. Frequently.
Why is this different? Because Pamplin is a local person and easier to attack?

Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe god is punishing Ole Bob for having made too much money in gravel.

Friday, July 22, 2005 7:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the poster complainer complaining about whiners and malcontents sounds like ... a whiner and a malcontent. the ethical standards of the very worst companies in the biz are the ones everyone else should follow? easy there, johnny enron. fortunately most companies and most managers don't act that way because they know in the end that it's bad for business. pamplin, losing buckets of money with no real hope of turning things around, is cutting costs. BUT when he started the Trib he made it sound as though he was doing the community a public service. this was his contribution to the greater good of the city. but now it's not his favorite charity and so he's going to run it like a business and align costs and revenues. the fact that he did the cutting to his longest serving employees (to avoid vesting in their pensions?) is a signal that established journalists will understand -- avoid the Trib. tho the joys of working for dwight are hard to pass up :)

Friday, July 22, 2005 7:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any idiot knows pamplin "media" is a tax write off

i mean get a fucking clue suckers

johnny, what do you do

sam, my career has really taken off like a rocket ship to mars, i work at (fill in the blank kpam-tribune-community newspapers)

Friday, July 22, 2005 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger douchebag sal said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

Friday, July 22, 2005 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the most gullible, naive suckers that think the world is a fucking strawberry patch, WAKE UP AND REALIZE YOUR CAREER IS AN UTTER FAILURE

Friday, July 22, 2005 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Eastwood said...

Jumping in with the suggestion that Schulberg's fate may be deserving of more attention. The guy's an icon. Dating way back to early KGW times, he's been front and center on radio, then TV, then the Oregonian, and now the current tribulation. At every step he has shined brightly. He covered our biz like a beat, working sources, breaking news, a total pro. We're going to miss the coverage; nobody else is doing it. And I sure wish Pete well. Great guy.

Friday, July 22, 2005 11:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Got out just in time!", have you EVER had a job where you didn't bitch, moan, whine and think it was the worst job you ever had? You hated it at KEX, so you went to KPAM. KPAM was the best place in the world to work. Then, you leave KPAM & can't blast it enough. Here's a thought for you. Did you ever think that your co-workers couldn't have been happier when you left? No more of your poison in the newsroom. You've burned so many bridges in this town that you must be out of matches. When you sour on your current gig, which should be any day, where do you hope to find another job? You're pathetic!

Saturday, July 23, 2005 2:03:00 PM  
Anonymous inquiring minds said...

Now, now, there's no call for such personal invective, unless you tell us names. Or at least initials.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 4:59:00 PM  
Anonymous got out just in time said...

Apparently someone thinks they know who I am. They're wrong.
Oh, and a suggestion: Take some anger management classes and chill.
I don't know who you're aiming your virulent anger at, but they couldn't have done anything to deserve your petulant comments.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 7:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear "got out";

The way you express yourself gives you away. Many of us have heard everything you're saying before. The exact wording. Everywhere you've worked. Daily. We don't think we know who you are. We KNOW who you are. Thou protesteth too much. Calm down.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 8:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, it sure didn't take too long for this site to turn into to the nth degree.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 9:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Cooper

Saturday, July 23, 2005 9:39:00 PM  
Anonymous got out... said...

Wrong! I've heard him say these things too...but I'm not him. Guess again!

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous decaf said...

Returning to something VASTLY less interesting, but that I still want to know:

Anonymous of Thursday, July 21, 2005 8:49:23 AM said...
Funny that they cut their photo editor, since their photos are the one thing that nearly everyone agrees they do MUCH better than the O.


Who here agrees with this? Can you tell me why?

I was surprised when I read it Thursday, so I dug up several back issues. I found the photography pretty enough but pedestrian -- the most effective shots are posed portraits/still lifes and almost nothing shows real drama. And what's with all the file art?

What criteria do you use to judge the quality of photojournalism?

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Got Out" is either BC or HT. I've heard the same things said about them at both KEX & KPAM. Neither are very happy people, no matter where they work. Work place poison was a very good way of describing both people.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong again! You really don't know me. I'm not someone who was on the air. Its not just the "talent" who got fed up with the way KPAM was being run.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you ever think maybe Frank Gable KILLED the Trib?

Sunday, July 24, 2005 3:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could PDXMediawatcher please explain his criteria for removing a post??

Sunday, July 24, 2005 3:54:00 PM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

It's my party...

The same exact post was used five times.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 5:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first, thanks for removing those five identical messages.

and second, it's real revealing to look at the Tribunes published over the first couple of years, comparing coverage, graphics and photography to the Trib today. Since February 2004, when the powers that be fired some of the best and brightest on staff, the paper's been in a slump.

My prediction, for whatever it's worth: the Trib is going to slide farther, faster and emerge as a mediocre Portland shopper, a Community Newspapers version of the Gresham Outlook or Tigard Times, but published for downtown. From Clackamas, of course.

If it makes it, that is.

Is Pamplin bored with being a newspaper mogul so he's abandoned the whole deal? Looks that way, doesn't it?

The Portland Tribune was a great (and expensive) vision--Portland needed something to challenge the Oregonian. The vision is gone now, and the O can stay in its complacent, clueless rut.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 5:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the Trib is morphing back into "Ourtown." (Is Maggi White still available?)

Sunday, July 24, 2005 7:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill Cooper said...

Hi folks...a friend just alerted me to the fact that my name was being bantered about on this blog.
Let me assure everyone that, (1)I am not the malcontent I'm being made out to be.., (2) If I post anything I will do it under my own name as I have nothing to hide...and (3)for your information I left KPAM because it had become something other than what I had originally signed on for, pure and simple. KPAM continues to do a good job...just not the great job we originally set out to do. To the anonymous poster who labeled me (and Heidi Tauber) "workplace poison", I'm sorry you feel that way. Yes, I have very strong and defined opinions, but I have always given my employers 100% and have always strived to do the best job possible. If you would like to continue this debate in a less public forum feel free to contact me.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 10:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Rob V. said...

"Jumping in with the suggestion that Schulberg's fate may be deserving of more attention. The guy's an icon."

Oh, please. As a younger reader/viewer, it's obvious that Schulberg's views were formed in the 50's and frozen in the 70's. I watch very little TV: OPB specials, Fox Sunday nights and I tape channel 12's Perry Mason reruns daily, and on those few subjects, everything Mr. Schulberg ever wrote was so absolutely wrong, misguided, or just plain silly it made me just flip the page when I saw his picture in the Trib.

This is the man who predicted the Simpsons would last two years at most, wrote a bunch about the Perry Mason show and managed to get every single statment wrong, is completely out-of-touch with public broadcasting and how it differents from private/for-profit that it's not even funny.

"Was an icon." I'd buy. Emphasis on *was*. Won't be missed by me, and I'm thankful for the trees and ink that will be saved going forward. Some times people work in one place for too long, or do one thing for too long, and stop being able to do their jobs well. This is a perfect example.

Won't even comment on that most vapid and self-centered of "writers", Ms. Spitznass. Someone already summed that up well in the comments. The only thing her self-indulgent shilling did was bring in some advertising from high-end yuppie businesses. No loss otherwise. How can one miss such precious smugness?

Some good people were let go too, and that's really sad, but hopefully they'll land on their feet. But those two should have been gone a long time ago.

The two that should have been let go a long time ago (Janes and Stanford) will only go down with the whole paper itself. As someone else said, "Wow, a bi-weekly sports paper." Add "and a gossip column with little regard for fact nor reality." and that's all that's left.

Without the biz section, I no longer have any reason to read it. That's good, because I tend to get behind in my reading anyway. Buh'bye Trib. It was fun while it lasted.

Monday, July 25, 2005 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dwight does not know sports, much less how to be an editor of news, etc. Get rid of him and the paper will turn around.

Don't blame Pamplin, though, folks. Blame Steve Clark who doesn't want to lose his own millions like Pamplin. $5 million does not go far these days.

Just look to how he manages Community Newspapers. SNAFU!

Monday, July 25, 2005 1:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Cooper;

You make us laugh. Prattle on.

Monday, July 25, 2005 7:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Defender of Pete said...

>Rob V. said...
>Oh, please. As a younger >reader/viewer, it's obvious that >Schulberg's views were formed in >the 50's and frozen in the 70's. >I watch very little TV.

Well, golly Rob, then how would you know Thing One about Schulberg's work?

I don't remember him missing The Simpsons, but I do recall seeing years and years of fairly accurate and incisive coverage of local developments in both radio and television. And I might be wrong, but I can't think of anyone who's made the transition from radio to TV to newspaper as successfully as Pete. Margie Boule maybe. You likely aren't a fan of hers, either, so here's a question, since you identify yourself as being "younger": do you see anybody from your generation locally who can pull off the multimedia career that Pete has?

Monday, July 25, 2005 10:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just picked up the Trib. PS is off the masthead. JS isn't, and she has a column about her constant and fruitless husband hunting (umm...Jill, maybe it's you...) and some other article I didn't read. Are they just running her backlog? Feature writers usually have several stories in the can.

Maybe she wasn't really laid off (was PDX Media Insider wrong?), or maybe they are just running her backlog and then will remove her name, w/o comment, from the masthead.

Classy move if that's in fact the case-you're fired but we'll still run your stories.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 8:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill Cooper:

You are a good reporter. It's too bad that the legacy you have left behind is that of a bitter, angry person. You would think that the ethics from working in the same newsroom with such legends (and class acts) as Jim Howe and Bob Chase would have rubbed off on you. Can the folks at KBPS look forward to you smearing their good name when you leave that job?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 6:53:00 PM  
Blogger activist kaza said...

Jaynes is/was/always has been a poor writer, with a repetitive set of mantras (fire Maurice Cheeks etc.). He is even more incompetent as an executive, obviously.

I e-mailed Mr. Pamplin and blogged several months ago to suggest that Pamplin fire Jaynes for his decidedly "unChristian" gloating and revelry over Cheeks' misfortune. I also pointed out that Jaynes was largely responsibile for the mediocre to failing business that is the Portland Tribune.

I never got a reply, but this latest news is certainly an interesting postscript.

IMHO, until and unless he (Jaynes) goes, the Trib is indeed doomed.

My sympathies to all of the talented individuals turned alumni...good luck to all!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Bill Cooper said...

anonymous 6:53...two points: first, I haven't "smeared" KPAM. Do I disagree with the direction the station has taken and some of the management decisions that have been made about how the station is run and what news is covered, yes. But I still have high regard for my former co-workers who are excellent reporters and anchors and who do an excellent job day in and day out. Second, you can think what you like about me, but I find it very interesting that the people who make the kind of comments you have hide their identity. I bet you had fun as a kid ringing the neighbor's doorbell and running away before they came to the door. As far as I'm concerned you have less than zero credibility. Maybe you should take a look at your own ethics. The friends of mine whose names you envoked would never stoop to your level.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 6:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill, you should let it go and not respond to these anonymous posts. By making such responses to these claims against you, you're almost sounding like someone that is gulity as charged.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Bill Cooper said...

you're right. Good advice. nuff said.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe how a thread about the Trib turns into a diatribe about one of the best reporters I've ever worked around--who never even worked for the Trib! Bill Cooper isn't hate-filled; he doesn't spend all his energy attacking all his former employers. When he's spoken to me, he's stood up for good people and good journalism. And as we've seen in every newsroom in Portland, those two things are not always the focus of the attention they deserve.

Perhaps we could get back to dissecting the Trib's layoffs--and what the action bodes for the paper's future?? That's *much* more interesting!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point Bill.

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