In Oregon, newspaper publishers have recognized the need to provide their communities with better and deeper coverage of state government and politics. Their answer was the creation of the Oregon Capital Bureau.
Under the editorial leadership of veteran investigative reporter Les Zaitz, the Bureau leverages the newsroom talent of three local news organizations: the Pamplin Media Group, publisher of the Portland Tribune and 24 other weekly, twice-weekly and monthly titles; EO Media Group, publisher of the East Oregonian, Daily Astorian and nine other titles; and the Salem Reporter, a digital news service that Zaitz heads up as editor. The Salem Reporter--co-founded by Zaitz and real estate developer Larry Tokarski--recently launched in September.
"This collaboration will dramatically boost our in-depth coverage of state government," Pamplin Media Group president Mark Garber said in a press release. "We already were partnering with EO Media Group to provide timely and comprehensive stories about the Legislature, the executive branch and state agencies. Now, by adding Salem Reporter, we will increase the number of journalists watching the capital and also benefit enormously from Les Zaitz's journalistic leadership."
Each of those news organizations has dedicated a journalist to work toward the collaborative effort and goal of more robust state-business coverage. They include reporter Paris Achen of the Portland Tribune, Claire Withycombe of the East Oregonian and the Daily Astorian, and the Salem Reporter's Aubrey Wieber.
Zaitz explained the workflow: "Each Monday, I call the...