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Les Zaitz started working for the Oregonian when wire service printers still went clickety-clack all day and all night. 

He will finish his career with the Oregonian at a time when investigators spend much of their time poring over emails (when public agencies release them). 

Zaitz covered the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the arrival (and departure) of the Rajneeshes in Eastern Oregon, and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover, to name just few. 


It's one of the sadder stories in broadcasting history: the first FM radios were rendered completely useless when the federal government MOVED the entire FM band to a different range of frequencies. 

First and most obvious question: why?  The surprising answer and the personalities involved are revealed in Scott Woolley's book The Network

Money, power, egos... all figured in the development of the industry we know and love.

You really begin to appreciate the time-consuming work of digitizing old media when you peruse the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program.  

 With a few key words, you can search 150 years of newspapers from across Oregon.

  Andrew Solomon has a knack for getting into the middle of things.  In previous books, he helped us understand depression, appreciate the complexity of parent-child relations, and know more about the particular relationship between the Sandy Hook shooter and his father.  

 In "Far And Away," Solomon takes us to centers of change around the world.  He was present for upheavals in Russia, South Africa, and Brazil, and the list goes on.  

The Siskiyou

The tribulations of the journalism business are well documented, and affect outlets big and small. 

The student newspaper The Siskiyou at Southern Oregon University already gave up its print version several years ago. 

Now its staffers and faculty guide are trying to save it from extinction as an online-only publication. 

SOU is pulling its official support, but leaving the door open for a student-funded Siskiyou; a gofundme campaign has been set up for stopgap support. 

Tough Times For Papers, Even On Campus

Mar 31, 2015

It's a tough business climate for journalism. 

How do you get people to buy the information you offer when they can get so much online, for free? 

The situation affects journalists-in-training, too, like at the Southern Oregon University online publication "The Siskiyou."

It ceased printing a paper version several years ago, and now faces additional pressures to deliver or face downgrades. 

Quick: Define "Journalist"

May 1, 2014

If you hang out at the city council meeting and send a few tweets about the proceedings, does that make you a journalist? 

That's a question the Oregon Government Ethics Commission wants to answer. 

Public bodies around the country are struggling with how to define who is and is not a journalist.