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Once a week, but never weakly

With this issue, the Hillsboro Tribune becomes a weekly newspaper.

Since Pamplin Media Group launched the newspaper last August, it has published twice a month — a schedule that worked with the paper’s budget, but often left readers frustrated.

“Our readers were asking for a weekly paper since the first issue hit the streets,” said Publisher John Schrag. “It took us a bit longer to build up our advertising base, but we’re now to the point where we can afford to publish a paper every Friday.”

Its mission is to provide readers with compelling news, sports and feature stories about people and events happening in their community, and to provide advertisers with an accessible and well-respected venue for consumers to see what they have to offer.

At a time when many newspapers across the country are cutting back on their publication schedules, it’s exciting to be able to offer readers twice the number of Tribunes each month, said Schrag, who also serves as publisher of the Tribune’s sister paper, the News-Times in Forest Grove. The News-Times is a weekly paper that has served western Washington County for 127 years.

“It’s a real tribute not only to our staff, which is producing a great paper,” said Schrag, “but also to our readers, advertisers and the larger Hillsboro community, which has been amazingly supportive of our efforts.”

There are some staffing changes in the works, too. Editor Kevin Harden will step back from his role with the paper beginning next week to take an expanded role as executive editor of the newspaper group, which now boasts 25 papers.

Nancy Townsley, a reporter and editor with 30 years’ experience in community journalism, will take over as managing editor of the Tribune and the News-Times.

Doug Burkhardt, a longtime editor at the White Salmon Enterprise in the Columbia River Gorge and most recently a reporter with the Woodburn Independent, is the paper’s new associate editor. He’ll steer a team of journalists that includes reporters Jim Redden (who has become a familiar face in Hillsboro as the Tribune’s lead reporter since 2012), Kathy Fuller and Stephanie Haugen.

Amanda Miles, who comes from the Bend Bulletin, is the paper’s new sports editor. Chase Allgood will continue to shoot photos for the paper.

Townsley encourages readers to contact her at 503-357-3181 with news tips, compliments or even complaints. “Our company motto is ‘Your town. Your paper,’” she said. “Let us know how we’re doing.”



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