Just out, a new report about the future of the newspaper industry from WhoNeedsNewspapers.org covers 50 publications in 50 States. Willamette Week is the sole alt weekly newspaper featured in the report, representing Oregon in the mostly daily newspaper roundup.
The industry report doesn’t provide a clear, single message as to what that future might be, but they conclude after gathering a number of interviews with newspaper editors, publishers and digital managers that “print is not dead.”
The story was first reported on NetNewsCheck, where you’ll find an overview of the findings presented on Monday before the Society of Professional Journalists/Radio Television Digital News Association conference in New Orleans. The verdict may still be out, but after reading the report and viewing the video interviews with a number of successful publishers and editors, you can’t help but feel the buzz.
Willamette Week’s inclusion in this study was more than token move by the group. The well-edited, arts & entertainment weekly alternative has been winning awards for their investigative coverage for many years (including a 2005 Pulitzer Prize for “The 30-Year Secret”). Co-owners, Richard Meeker (publisher) and Mark Zusman (editor) have been connecting with readers and promoting arts & entertainment in the Portland market since 1984, both are interviewed and provide comments about their successful publishing and editorial strategies.
Willamette Week has been a member of The Alternative Weekly Network since 1994.