The Oregonian's owners have laid off some 35 newsroom staff. Reports are trickling in via social media; The Zero ain't talking. But Willy Week has some details:
Among the more prominent names WW has confirmed The Oregonian has laid off are editorial columnist David Sarasohn, environmental reporter Scott Learn, and Multnomah County reporter Dana Tims.
Sarasohn's their long-time lefty, so it's surprising to see them kicking him to the curb. Most of the reported layoffs involve photographers and reporters with much less name recognition, though Bridget Otto would be considerably more recognizable by her maiden name; she's the daughter of Fred Stickel, who was publisher of the newspaper for years.
The remaining managers and other staff have been wreaking havoc in the comments sections of their "OregonLive" online site as well; methodically censoring and deleting dozens, if not hundreds of comments from viewers that in most places would not be deemed to violate any terms of service (profanity, harassment, etc.). At times, entire threads disappear as you read.
It doesn't bode well for their future.