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The Skanner, which served the city's African Americans, will remain online. Its founders, Bernie and Bobbie Foster, do not plan on retiring.

VIA GOOGLE MAPS - The Skanner News' building in Northeast Portland is shown here. The Skanner, a Portland-based newspaper serving the African American community, announced Thursday that it would be retiring its print edition and shifting to online-only coverage, OPB reports.

The paper was first published in Portland in 1975. Its offshoot, The Seattle Skanner, began publishing in 1981.

"Newspapers have lost billions in advertising revenue to the new media giants, Google and Facebook. Thousands of journalists have been laid off and hundreds of papers have closed," explained a post on The Skanner's website. "The Skanner will not close, but we will adapt."

The paper will continue to print some special editions.

The Skanner organizes an annual celebration on Martin Luther King Jr., Day, the Skanner Foundation Scholarships Breakfast, that has given more than $450,000 in scholarships to 350 students since 1996 with the help of corporate and community partners, according to the paper.

Oregon Public Broadcasting is a media partner of the Portland Tribune.


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