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The Portland Tribune has been offering stories for free all month long. Here are a few you might have missed.

John Schrag is executive editor of the Pamplin Media Group. He can be reached at jschrag@pamplinmedia.com or (971) 204-7718.  Dear Readers,

One of the best parts of my job is fielding calls and emails from people who want to share their thoughts about how our reporters are doing their job.

Occasionally they offer praise — which is gratifying.

But usually, they complain — which is wonderful.

It's not that (despite my lifelong allegiance to the Chicago Cubs) I'm a masochist. Rather, it's because people who care enough to offer criticism usually value what we do. It's when they stop caring that we have a problem. As advertising revenue levels off throughout our industry, we are relying on paid subscribers to fund our newsroom costs.

That's why, this month, we made all of the content on the Portland Tribune website free.

We're about halfway through the month, now, leaving you plenty of time to access unlimited access, at no charge, to the award-winning stories and photos that our Portland journalists produce every day.

That includes Steve Law's multi-part series on how the KKK came to dominate Portland politics in the 1920s and how, a century later, urban residents are coping with deadly triple-digit temperatures. You can offer your suggestions on what Portland should rename a west-side pool and park, get a preview of Portland Fashion Week and find the best berry-picking on Sauvie Island.

You can read Wade Evanson's analysis of the Ducks' gridiron prospects under new coach Dan Lanning and see the smile on Morgan Weaver's face, captured by photographer Diego Diaz, as she sees her game-winning goal hit the back of the net, keeping the Portland Thorns atop the NWSL table. You can get your sudoku and crossword puzzle fix; check out our {obj:65054:Home & Garden Guide} and even learn who Christmas tree farm south of town.

We've dropped the paywall in hopes that, if readers like you like what you see, you'll become a paid subscriber. So, yes, when you hit the website for the first time, you'll be asked for your email address. And yes, in mid-September, we'll hit your inbox with a subscription offer.

A subscription will allow you to access the great journalism you're sampling this month for a full year. And, of course, to tell me what you think about it.


John Schrag is executive editor of the Pamplin Media Group. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (971) 204-7718.


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