PORTLAND – Major changes took effect at the Oregonian newspaper Tuesday as the industry as a whole continues to struggle with a decade of declining revenues.
Starting Tuesday, the Oregonian stopped delivering its newspaper to subscribers on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Copies of the paper will still be sold at newsstands and newspaper boxes.
Over the last 30 days, more than 30 newsroom employees have been laid off, or chose to leave, including columnist David Sarasohn and music reporter Ryan White. The layoffs were the latest in a cascade of employee buyouts, layoffs and forced retirements that began in 2008. Attrition has reduced the newsroom staff from approximately 200 to 90. The newspaper continues to have the largest news operation in the state.
The company has restructured its operation to focus on its online publication, OregonLive, and apps. However, the paper will now feature expanded high-school sports coverage and a health care section.
Newspaper revenues continue a decade-long decline. According to the Pew Research Center, newspaper advertising revenues are less than half of what they were in 2006.
The Oregonian is the state’s oldest business and is owned by Advance Digital of Jersey City, N.J. The private company owns roughly two dozen newspapers as well as the Conde Naste portfolio of publications such as GQ and Vanity Fair.
In 2012, Advance announced it would stop daily publication of its papers in Harrisburg Penn., Syracuse N.Y., Alabama and The Times Picayune of New Orleans. The Cleveland Plain Dealer stopped home delivery on three days a week, in the summer of 2013.
The Oregonian has been in continuous operation since 1850 and is one year older than the New York Times.