Some thoughts to ponder during this year's National Newspaper Week
This is the 73rd year of observing the importance of newspapers to communities large and small
Last week in this space we discussed the future of print journalism and the different paths being pursued by the Lake Oswego Review and The Oregonian.
The Review continues to be the community newspaper for Lake Oswego (and has for 93 years) and is located in the heart of downtown. It is part of the local 25-paper strong Pamplin Media Group, owned by Robert B. Pamplin Jr. of Lake Oswego. Newspapers cant get any more local than we are.
The once-daily Oregonian, owned by New York-based Advance Publications, has altered its focus, stopped seven-day-a-week delivery service and, beginning last week launched its new focus of a newspaper on doorsteps only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays along with whats been dubbed a bonus edition on Saturdays. It will continue to print every day, but Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are out of the circulation loop.
Our purpose is not to delve into what makes the Review, The Oregonian and, indeed, any newspaper in America different. Far from it. Instead, we are pointing out the common link that all newspapers including this one share in providing quality news coverage, strong journalism, a government watchdog role, a forum for public opinion (yours as well as ours via editorials), local content on sports, education, city government, entertainment, seniors, business and real estate along with a vehicle for advertising.
At the heart of our common heritage is the fact that we are in the midst of National Newspaper Week (Oct. 6 to 12). Our National Newspaper Week theme, in this the 73rd year of observing the importance of newspapers to communities large and small, is Your Community, Your Newspaper, Your Life.
There are many facets that go into a newspaper like ours. And it all starts in our newsroom at 400 Second St. where every week we repeat the cycle of putting out an award-winning newspaper. We have 13 people here in our Lake Oswego office and we put together the news for three weeklies (the Review, the West Linn Tidings and the Wilsonville Spokesman) and two monthlies (the King City Regal Courier and the Southwest Community Connection). Over in the Pamplin Media Center in Milwaukie you will find our various departments for advertising, classified ads, central design desk, creative services, webmaster, business, circulation and the rest. Our publisher, J. Brian Monihan, spends most of his time at the media center but also is in the Lake Oswego office at times.
Want to reach someone in our newsroom? Call 503-636-1281 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to reach someone over at the Pamplin Media Center? Call 503-684-0360.
In addition to being delivered to subscribers homes every Thursday, our newspapers also can be found at a number of stores and news racks within the community. Dont forget we have a significant online presence at lakeoswegoreview.com. We also are on Twitter and Facebook.
Newspapers are changing. Thats a no-brainer. An obvious example is what The Oregonian is going through with regard to its delivery. Another is the addition of social media aspects to most newspapers.
We will continue to move forward, make local decisions and interact with our community. Thats a given.
And thats a pretty important given to note during this observation of National Newspaper Week.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT