OREGON NEWSPAPERS FACE CRISIS, CLOSURES
There are several punishing signs that there is trouble ahead for Oregon’s top newspapers.
- Guard suffered economic setbacks this year and will be laying off 400 reports nationwide. As a a way to save money these newspapers may be ending editorials.
- The Klamath Herald is facing complete closure.
- The Catholic Sentinel, which has existed since the 1800s, is set to close this fall.
- During the pandemic, Pamplin media (Portland Tribune, Gresham Outlook, Tigard Times, more…)has reported in dozens of layoffs
- The Oregonian newspaper is facing a different setback in the terms of the labor shortage. The lack of delivery drivers is forcing some areas to experience delivery delays where the newspaper doesn’t show up until noon and some days not at all. Physical print editions are crucial to advertising revenue.
Oregon needs independent journalism but it also needs journalism that is unbiased, relevant and adaptable to changes times. One of Oregon’s successful newspapers, the Malhuer Enterprise, has succeeded where others failed because of their well established investigative reporting.