National Newspaper Project Spotlights Willamette Week

Portland’s Willamette Week has been featured in “Who Needs Newspapers?” — a national project produced by the non-profit organization Valid Sources.

The feature includes video interviews with co-owners Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman (who also dons a Champagne-soaked shirt in one photo) as well as a detailed “backgrounder” survey on how the paper operates:

WW has developed a key strategy to augment print and online advertising income: 17 percent of its total revenue comes from producing public arts, culinary and entertainment events such as MusicfestNW and EatMobile, a Portland food cart festival. The owners describe the staging of these events as a benefit of the newspaper’s ability to “aggregate our audience” through print, online, and social media promotion.

(h/t: Mark Hanzlik, AWN)

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