The churn at the paper is never ending. It is a way station for young, ambitious reporters, who quickly move on, or an endpoint, with buyouts and layoffs and plain resignations, for many careers as the industry struggles and changes. The paper hasn't had a person on the City Hall beat for a little over a year now and seems to be in no rush to hire one.
In the midst of that, it has been particularly nice to read Emily Teel's reporting on food. She spent less time on the entertainment and lifestyle and review elements of restaurant reporting than she might have. Though the restaurant scene here just isn't that big anyway, her approach also seemed more newsy and demotic, and it was welcome.
But she's leaving now.
I'm sorry I don't have more clippings to show the range and how interesting they were.
|September 29th, 1915|
Since we are in the heart of an important agricultural area, there will always be interesting food stories, though they will not always be restaurant stories.
Hopefully the next person on the food and drink beat will seek them out.
|Yesterday on ice storm damage|
and a tree ring cookie
Maybe this transition doesn't mean much to you, but I guarantee we will
all miss it when Capi Lynn and her decades of local knowledge move on.
Yesterday she had a nice piece on the old Oaks at the Oregon Garden and
the impromptu Willamette science project to collect tree ring samples on
A century ago the afternoon paper got a new press. We will miss it also when the print product is discontinued, as it seems it must some day.
|February 26th, 1921|
Even if the parent company deserves criticism and sometimes scorn, the erosion of the paper is nothing to celebrate, and it's worth a subscription.