The Portland Oregonian launched a redesign Wednesday, switching from a broadsheet to a new 11-inch-wide by 15-inch-tall “compact” format.

On the left is Tuesday’s front page; on the right is Wednesday’s:


Here’s a closer look at the new front page — Today’s:


Sports, biz and features sections are now pull-out stapled sections.


These sections have been rolling out over the past several weeks. The main section switched over on Wednesday.

Eight stitchers have been imported from Sweden to staple the sections, the Oregonian reports. The presses themselves — built in 1974 — were “re-engineered” to create the new format.

Among other features of the new format, the Oregonian says:

  • Color on every page.
  • “More magazine-style spreads and fewer story breaks, for a more immersive reading experience.”


  • “And yes, even the type size is the same.”

One thing you won’t find in the new-and-improved paper: MLB box scores.

Here is a TV ad the Oregonian has been running to tout the changes:

Average daily circulation for the Oregonian is 247,833.

Other recent format changes:

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