Oregon Media Insiders Is Done
Oregon Media Insiders will cease to operate (at least under Lynn) as of tomorrow.
I lost a friend today over this site--a good friend, one of my best friends. Losing friends was always a risk of doing this site, and in a way I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner. I don't think I can get this friend back; I've been told not to respond to the email, though I'm going to try anyway.
I really hope somebody picks up the slack and carries the site further, as I think it was a good blog for junkies like me who have worked in the very same kinds of places that are talked about on that site. I've linked there a few times in the past, and I think that media commentary that that site provides is sorely needed.
I've never liked running uncivil websites, ever. In fact, I've never run one, other than OMI. I've never had a website quite like it. The problem with OMI has always been that the more I censored, the more open to lawsuits I was. And I have no legal defense team, no corporate owner with big pockets to rescue me. There's only me. I know this is a concept that's really weird-sounding to some of you, but I'm telling you, that's the way the legal precedents stand now.
Moving to accounts-only posting has helped a great deal with the nasty drive-by posting. But I can't do this any more. A broken heart can do what a purple-faced news director or corporate lawyer cannot.
So I have to stop doing this. End of day tomorrow (when the current ads expire) I'm taking the site offline. I would like very much for someone to take over OMI. I think it's important that a site like this continue, but I don't have it in me any more.
More commentary here and here.
Honestly, if I knew more about the Portland-area media, I'd offer to at least help take over the site, but I already have very little free time as it is.
Update: Folks are trying to keep up the discussion elsewhere.