Oregonian switches to tabloid size Wednesday

Oregonian switches to tabloid size Wednesday

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on March 31, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 2 at 1:26 PM

 PORTLAND -- This year has been full of changes at The Oregonian, with more to come.

On Wednesday, the state’s largest newspaper switches from a traditional broadsheet format to a tabloid size.

The new presentation will include color on every page and measure about 15 inches tall -- down from about 23 inches tall.

Background: The Oregonian to shrink newspaper’s size

In addition, editor Peter Bhatia, the man responsible for the paper’s content, is leaving after twenty years for a teaching job in Arizona.

Bhatia has enjoyed a nearly 40-year career in journalism. After stints in other newspaper newsrooms, Bhatia landed in Portland at The Oregonian.

During his time there, he's served as managing editor, executive editor and finally editor. Under his watch, the paper has won four Pulitzer Prizes.

Bhatia has been at the forefront of the papers jump into the digital space. He admits it was one of his biggest challenges.

It's meant downsizing, fewer home delivery days and the new format.

"It was a long and difficult process," said Bhatia. "It was also a voyage of discovery trying to figure out how you take a traditional legacy media organization and position it to be successful in the digital space."

Bhatia leaves The Oregonian at the end of May for a teaching position at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University.

 

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