Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dumpster Diving

I read the news today, oh boy.

Collected below for your amusement are links to most of the small town newspapers in Oregon. After a while they all start to look alike. There are a couple of reasons for this.

First, quite a few of them are jointly owned by some larger organization and managed as a group. All the newspapers in the group use the same templates and run the same ads. The local content varies somewhat, but not a lot. Which brings me to the second reason.

It appears that small town newspaper editors are tested for liberalism early on, and those that fail are steered into more promising careers. Reporters come and go, but it's the editors that pick the stories. So it's "all victims, all the time" on the front pages of the daily paper, with heroic government agencies always riding to the rescue (or they would be if it weren't for those pesky budget cuts).

Anyway, if you have the stomach for it, here's the list. If it gets too dreary, take a break. There's another world, and a very different one, outside your door.

Along the Coast
Daily Astorian
Seaside Signal
Cannon Beach Citizen
North Coast Citizen
Tillamook Headlight Herald
Lincoln City News Guard
Newport News Times
Florence Siuslaw News
Coos Bay World
The Umpqua Post
Bandon Western World
Curry County Reporter
Curry Coastal Pilot
Crescent City Daily Triplicate
Eastern Oregon
Hood River News
The Dalles Chronicle
Hermiston Herald
Pendleton East Oregonian
Baker City Herald
Blue Mountain Eagale
Wallowa County Chieftan
Ontario Argus Observer
Prineville Central Oregonian
Bend Bulletin
Sisters Nugget
Madras Pioneer
Klamath Herald and News
Southern Oregon
Cresswell Chronicle
Cottage Grove Sentinel
Roseburg News-Review
Illinois Valley News
Grants Pass Daily Courier
Rogue River Press
Medford Mail Tribune
Ashland Daily Tidings
Willamette Valley
Polk County Itemizer Observer
Woodburn Independent
Keizer Times
Salem Statesman Journal
Albany Democrat Herald
Corvallis Gazette Times
Lebanon Express
Sweet Home News
Eugene Register Guard
Cosmopolis
Forest Grove News Times
Beaverton Valley Times
Portland Tribune
Willamette Week
Gresham Outlook
Sandy Post
Lake Oswego Review
Yamhill Valley News Register
West Linn Tidings
Wilsonville Spokesman
Newberg Graphic