Editor Therese Bottomly on transparency, public records, missing the newsroom

Sometimes in journalism, it’s like pulling teeth trying to obtain records from public agencies. Other times, the state accidentally sends sensitive records to your email box. Then it’s decision time.

Therese Bottomly, the editor of The Oregonian and Oregon Live and Vice President of Content for The Oregonian Media Group, talks about the latest public records and transparency questions in our newsroom on the latest episode of Beat Check. You might also hear from her pandemic puppy, Ruby, at times, on this episode.


We talked about the state accidentally sending our newsroom and the Salem Statesman Journal records identifying tens of thousands of workers and their vaccination status. We talked about how the newsroom handles those quandaries, what it says about our broader transparency fights and the rationale for how we are handling those ethical questions.


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