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Some thoughts to ponder during National Newspaper Week

Last week in this space we discussed the future of print journalism and the different paths being pursued by the West Linn Tidings and The Oregonian.

The Tidings continues to be the community newspaper for West Linn (and has for 32 years). It is part of the local 25-paper strong Pamplin Media Group, owned by Robert B. Pamplin Jr. of Lake Oswego. Newspapers can’t 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 what’s 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 Tidings, 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, where every week we repeat the cycle of putting out an award-winning newspaper. At our office we put together the news for three weeklies (the Lake Oswego 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 and lives in West Linn.

Want to reach someone in our newsroom? Call 503-636-1281 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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. Don’t forget we have a significant online presence at westlinntidings.com. We also are on Twitter (@LoriHall7 and @pmalee_WL) and Facebook (facebook.com/WLTidings).

Newspapers are changing. That’s 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. That’s a given.

And that’s a pretty important given to note during this observation of National Newspaper Week.



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