Monday, June 24, 2013

Oregonian Reportedly Slashes Quarter of Its Staff; Reduces Home Delivery

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Ninety-five employees, including 45 newsroom staffers, are being pink-slipped at the Advance Publications, Inc.-owned The Oregonian, according to a report by Willamette Week. The layoffs amount to nearly 25 percent of the newsroom's 175 employees.

Among those who lost their jobs are environmental reporter Scott Learn, home & gardens writer Bridget Otto and editorial columnist David Sarasohn, according to the Willamette Week article. The Oregonian is shifting its emphasis to its digital edition, paring back home delivery of its paper version to four days a week--Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Reportedly, Oregonian Publisher N. Christian Anderson informed staffers in a letter that as of October 1, the company will launch Oregonian Media Group ("OMG") to handle print and digital content, along with marketing, while another entity, Advance Central Services Oregon, will oversee human resources, IT, production, distribution and finance for OMG.

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