Monday, February 4, 2008

Newspaper of the Year: Portland Oregonian

Editors and Publishers magazine has awarded their much coveted "Editor/Newspaper of the Year" award this year to the Portland Oregonian.

Last April, their staff’s efforts earned the Oregonian the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, one of three Pulitzer finalist nods last year (including two nominations in national reporting and feature writing). Such Pulitzer-level work is nothing new for Editor Rowe and Executive Editor Bhatia, the editing team that has run the Advance Publications daily since 1993. In their time at the helm, the newspaper that had won only two previous Pulitzers in 76 years has racked up five more winners and nine finalists in 14 years, with winners in five separate categories.
In addition to those awards, the Oregonian has drawn praise for numerous day-to-day improvements during the past dozen years that include an increased focus on specialized reporting; a reorganized newsroom that promotes “team reporting” concepts over traditional beats; and regular training sessions and seminars that most staffers credit for encouraging fresh ideas and competitive approaches.
Better luck next year, Joe. FAIR has more on the rarity of the Oregonian's achievements in comparison with our declining news media standards.

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