July 18, 2024


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Letter from the Editor: Coming soon, a better experience on OregonLive

The Oregonian/OregonLive continues to invest in improvements to how we deliver the news to you.

We have three main products: The Oregonian, OregonLive and our eNewspaper.

Since 1850, the print edition of The Oregonian has brought the news to Portland and beyond. We continue this tradition today, with printing daily and home delivery four days a week.

In addition to the usual news, business, features and sports, our Wednesday edition has an opinion section and a recipe section. Fridays carry A&E, our guide to upcoming events and activities. On Saturdays, readers receive Homes & Gardens of the Northwest, and Sundays have Life & Culture, including books, movies, and travel, as well as a four-page Opinion section with reader letters.

Our print editions are augmented by special sections, which appear regularly. The next one is our 2021 Top Workplaces section, which publishes in Sept. 26 editions. Our popular and useful annual Medicare Guide will appear in editions dated Oct. 10.

The eNewspaper is a page-by-page replica of the newspaper, which readers can enjoy on a laptop, tablet or phone. Access to it is available to print subscribers in the Portland metro area at no added cost. You simply need to activate your account at myaccount.oregonlive.com.

The eNewpaper looks and feels like a print edition, which you can turn page by page. We’ve added features such as extra comics and bonus advice columns, as well as more national opinion columns. On Sundays, the eNewspaper contains a 24-page national news section produced by The Washington Post.

You can sign up to receive the eNewspaper, sometimes called the digital edition or the “e edition,” by email each morning. It provides a handy way to keep up on the comics, puzzles, TV listings and other information on the days we do not deliver to doorsteps. Of course, single copies of The Oregonian are also available for purchase Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at area retailers.

We’ve made a recent improvement to eNewspaper that I want to call to your attention. You can now read a page at a time on your desktop. Until recently, desktop readers saw a two-page view, which sometimes meant the type was a bit small to read comfortably. Many readers have written to say they appreciate the upgrade. I hope you give it a try.

OregonLive is the place we hope you turn for news updates through the day and mobile reading at any time. We have staff on duty providing news updates from dawn until nearly midnight.

Check there in the morning for any overnight news, and in the evenings you will find the latest game results, stats and scores.

Thousands of readers now have a paid subscription to OregonLive, which provides them full access to all of our most extensive reporting. Again, print subscribers in the Portland metro area should have full online access if they have activated their OregonLive account at myaccount.oregonlive.com.

The vast majority of the content on OregonLive remains free, but we do reserve deeper analysis, data-based reporting and some exclusives for paying customers, whether in print or online. We appreciate the support for local journalism, and subscriptions are vital to our success.

This month, we’re improving the sign-in experience for OregonLive. Some of you reported frustration with having to sign in multiple times. We’re fixing that, and you should be able to sign in once and not be bothered with it again. The change should roll out this week.

OregonLive is also the portal for many of our data projects, such as many charts and graphs on coronavirus in Oregon. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have provided free to all updated data on case rates, deaths, hospitalizations, county-specific statistics, vaccinations and much more. Find it all at projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus.

Our schools database is another great resource for Oregonians. At schools.oregonlive.com, you can compare neighborhood school test scores, dropout rates, demographics and the like.

This time of year, our real-time wildfire map draws a huge audience. It updates several times an hour and can be found at projects.oregonlive.com/wildfires/map. You can check any wildfire in the country there.

Another online gem is our trove of recipes featuring regional and seasonal ingredients. As we approach the holiday season, you’ll want to bookmark recipes.oregonlive.com.

We also reach a vast audience through our email newsletters and social media channels. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you never miss a video or live event.

All of our newsletters are free. You can find them at oregonlive.com/newsletters. This time of year, we have lots of prep sports news and our thrice-weekly High School Sports newsletter is one way to stay up to date. You can even sign up to receive this letter to readers by email.

However you find our news, I hope you consider the local journalism a good value. We want to make sure you can read us when and where it is most convenient for you.

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