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April 14, 2015

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news Brian but the Statesmen Urinal died a few years ago when they idled their printing presses and then later fired the last reporters that they would ever have.
Let's write an equation:
Let "n" = newspaper
Let "r" equal reporter
Let "p" equal printing presses.
n = pr
Now lets take the brilliant management path of the urinal and move the reporters and the presses over to the pencil department:
pr +n = pr
To solve, why don't we add -pr to both sides and see what remains:
n=0
Nothing left but a façade.
If we sold all of our hives and fired the beekeepers would we still be a beekeeping company?

Any paper that feels it has to include a "mug shots" feature deserves to die.

Oh, Geronimo, thanks -- I forgot the "mug shots" feature. I should add this to my blog post as another irritating non-news item.

I agree that moving the printing to Portland really hurt the paper. I would guess that they have any west coast scores for baseball and basketball less than a third of the time, where before the move they would always include all the results.

Also it doesn't seem like they need a story every week about an guy putting 100$ into grocery store items. The first time or so it was a pleasant story, but it feels they have devoted more space to that than the Kitzhaber scandal that happened right under their noses.

Unfortunately I agree with this assessment of the SJ. My family stopped subscribing when the paper made USA Today a significant part of the paper, raising their prices for sinfificantly less local news at the same time. Thank God for the Salem Weekly. That's the source I now rely on the most for important local news.

Just the other day, the front page news was a kid whose bus hadn't shown up a couple of times. Really? Front page?? Nothing else newsworthy happening here or anywhere else in the world? But I do look forward to the SJ, no matter what. We found our house there (an article about it needing to be moved & saved). I have seen my kids in the paper several times - what a thrill. So I will continue to subscribe - it's like the funny old uncle who comes over - once in awhile he comes up with a good story.

Sorry to disagree with you Brian on this subject, but the Statesman Urinal's on-line comment rules suck!!
In order to comment on the Urinal's website, one must be a FacePage or MyBook pawn.
How has this worked out for them and for us?
Well, HEY!!! How about we all apply some simple math to the subject?
The Urinal has a grand total of a couple of dozen comments each day since the inception of the strict comment rules.
Now look at the amount of comments posted to the Daily Dead Fish Wrapper (Oregonian)
that amounts to hundreds and sometimes into the thousands of comments by not demanding such draconian rules.
Which newspaper is placing their online ads in front of the most viewers?
Answer: ask a 3rd grade math student.

Check out today's Sunday Quiz on page 2 question 10. According to the quiz Steny Hoyer has joined the Republican Party.

I WROTE FOR THE CAPITAL JOURNAL UNTIL GANNETT BEAN COUNTERS RUINED THE PARTY. THEN WROTE FOR SJ FOR MOE YEARS. WROTE A COLUMN WHERE I HAD AUTONOMY (ALMOST!) LORD I MISS THE CJ. WE WERE SOO MUCH FUN. JIM WELCH, BILL BEBOUT, AL JONES, LARRY ROBY. WE KNEW WHAT WE WERE DOING AND HAD FUN DOING IT. THE STATESMAN NEVER QUITE MEASURED UP TO US. RMEMBR THE TOPLESS BAIT GIRL HEADLINE WITH A DOTTED I AND A COMMA AS NIPPLE COVERUPS. THOSE WERE THE DAYS.
GLORIA BLEDSOE GOODMAN

Gloria, nice to hear from you. I remember you from those good old Capital Journal and early Statesman Journal days. I moved to Salem in 1977 when, if I recall correctly, this town still had the two newspapers.

Journalism really was of much higher quality back then. And like you say, more fun.

I don't think reporters are enjoying themselves very much nowadays. I've heard that they are paid more on a "piece work" basis now rather than a decent salary. And it shows...

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