Ben Lundin

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Summer 2010


Publishers and publishing -- Oregon -- Portland, Newspapers -- Oregon -- Portland, Journalism -- Oregon -- Portland, Publishers and publishing -- Oregon -- Portland -- Interviews, Peter Bhatia


Few industries appear as precarious in today’s economy as newspapers. Once the main source of information for millions of people, printed papers now have to compete with a variety of alternative forms of information gathering and reporting. The ink-stained wretches of yore now lock horns with anonymous bloggers, pompadoured TV anchors on 24-hour news channels, YouTube, and social media for the attention of a fickle public. Among the threatened giants of the old media is The Oregonian, one of the state’s oldest businesses. We sent Ben Lundin, an awardwinning freelance journalist who worked as a staff writer for three Louisiana newspapers and is a graduate of PSU’s professional writing graduate program, to interview Peter Bhatia, the recently installed Editor of The Oregonian. They discussed the view of the journalistic landscape from Bhatia’s window on SW Broadway.


Originally appeared in the Summer 2010 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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