Portland, Oregon: another big city watches its only daily imploding.
How did we learn last Thursday? From one of the two free weeklies, Willamette Week, which you can see was a little rough--was home delivery reduced to three or four days?
Friday's Oregonian deigned to let subscribers know that it was four. And formally announced layoffs of "some staff" would be shared with the 650 [anxiously] wondering.
It is Sunday here in Rose City, and nothing appears in our home-delivered rag. Like a little note about when this begins and what it means to print devotees. What we do know is this begins the slide to totally digital. Also that we will be able to buy those undelivered issues on newsstands. Does this mean at supermarkets? Only place I've ever seen copies for sale.
Meanwhile the hugely conservative Oregonian barely noted after the first day the BIG environmental news, a massive bee die off at a local parking lot.
Began at 25,000 early in the week, grew to 50,000 by week's end. Of far greater import than what today's paper lead screams about--Mexican drug gangs increasing (my word) their footprint in Portland.
Bumblebees and honeybees dying--that's news but not enough for this publisher. More later.