Welcome to the inaugural weekly edition of Street Roots!
Many people have asked us how going weekly would change our editorial content. In a way, it won’t change at all. Our aspiration has always been to cover a wide variety of issues important to Oregonians — in depth — and to represent the voices of people on and near to the streets. That has meant exposing the catastrophic gaps in our Social Security Disability services, exploring the lax oversight on our environmental resources, and reporting on the now constant population of homeless students in Oregon schools. That means award-winning coverage on not only homelessness, but poverty at large, and the issues of health care, addiction, criminal and social justice and the concerns facing our communities of color.
No — in many ways, we’re not changing a thing.
And we’re changing a lot. As a weekly publication, our news cycle has doubled. We’ve hired a full-time reporter, Emily Green, who will work alongside our team of freelancers to bring you great coverage every week. We’ve changed up our look and shed some of the excess (Sorry, Soup Can Sam, but it was written in the stars.) and we’ve made interviews with entertainment, sports and cultural figures a regular feature.
Simply being able to become a weekly newspaper is indicative of the amazing crew of reporters, editorial contributors, volunteers and supporters. They join many other volunteers who keep our engines running, from the front desk to behind the lines. Everyone has stepped up and committed to making each edition of the paper a great read and a great buy. Thank you!
These might be unlikely times for a print newspaper to expand its publication schedule, but with each passing year, our circulation has increased, and so has the degree to which readers and vendors look to each edition for something new, something out of the ordinary. And for the vendors, particularly, this new Street Roots will mean twice as many opportunities for success. We hope our new Page 2 helps people better understand how a simple thing like a newspaper sale can turn into a lifelong investment.
Thank you, and we’ll see you next week!