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RIP Bend Bulletin?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by DanOregon, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

  2. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    It's not just a little apropos that the Blockbuster store outlives the newspaper in Bend.
  3. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    I think this the same ownership group just bought the Bakersfield paper and immediately outsourced the printing plant. I would guess they want to do the same in Bend. So if that is true the printing plant guys would have to go. Bakersfield also took additional staff cuts.
  4. Dog8Cats

    Dog8Cats Active Member

    My understanding is that at the other former Western Communication papers bought by the current high bidder for The Bulletin, virtually all employees (editorial and otherwise) have been retained/rehired/whatever.

    How long that remains the case, of course, is another matter.
  5. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    I believe this is the same group that bought Bakersfield. We have a Bakersfield thread a couple just below this one going. The first posting, saying the newspaper had been sold, was dated June 3.

    By July 1 there were posts on the thread that six had been laid off, the printing moved offsite (so the plant workers were presumably axed) and a 42 year veteran sportswriter retired (maybe a coincidence).
  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Bakersfield was bought by a group called Sound News Media. Bend is being bought by a group called Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, per the OP in both threads.
  7. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    A Canadian named Steven Malovich is the face of both groups. So it appears that there is overlap in the new ownership groups. The link describes how Malovich is the head of both the Rhode Island and Bakersfield groups.

    Per another psot in the Bakersfield thread.

    Who are the mystery investors buying some of California’s last family-owned newspapers?
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2019
  8. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Bend is one of Woonsocket's larger suburbs, right?
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  9. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    And a mere 15 minutes away from Lake Tahoe.
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  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Fun fact, Bend is actually north of North Bend, Oregon. And about 200 miles east.
  11. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    Spent from roughly 2007 to 2019 in the ole RI newspapers biz. At the beginning, RISN was the worst, and by the end, they were the "best" toward employees, almost by default, because Gatehouse had expanded into the area, and the better family papers and publishers had gotten out of the game.
  12. Dog8Cats

    Dog8Cats Active Member

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