March 29, 2004

(Updated) Open Thread For 'Oregonian' Story

Note: This post has been updated. Any and all updates appear at the end of the original post.

We're heading out from global headquarters shortly, but figured we might want to leave an open thread for those who come across the sudden surprise in The Oregonian today. It's not online yet (as far as we can tell), but their Today's News in 2 Minutes feature is, and so for those without access to the print edition, here's the teaser taken from that:

His real name is Christopher Frankonis, but everyone who's anyone knows him simply as bix. During the past year, this college drop-out with no journalism experience has become a must-read in City Hall, as his weblog "Portland Communique" touches on everything from neighborhood disputes to the latest turn in the same-sex marriage saga.

We'll be back later to weigh in on the article itself (which we have not seen, since we have not yet ventured outside today), and perhaps get into how disconcerting it was to be shadowed for twelve hours.

March 29, 2004

Update

The profile has now been posted.

March 29, 2004

Update

And, for those not in Oregon, here's the front page (pdf) of today's paper.

March 29, 2004

Update

Sorry we haven't been around for all of this. We greatly appreciate the comments and kudos -- and are especially affected by the high school journalism students who have been making appearances in comments to a number of items today. In the main, we've been holding back today (and preparing to attend a follow-up meeting to last year's Neighborhood Summit in a couple hours), but at some point soon we will find some time to post about the disconcerting experience of being shadowed by a reporter for twelve hours last Wednesday.

March 29, 2004

Update

Final visitor count for Monday: 1232 -- approximately five times (give or take) the average daily readership.

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Comments (30)

  1. ron on 29 Mar 2004

    I'd like to see the news folks preface any reference to Bill Gates with school "drop-out." I would like to think that the phrase is a criticism of the system?

  2. brett on 29 Mar 2004

    Congrats, man. It's a good profile. Hopefully will lead to some more readers and pledges. You deserve the recognition.

  3. amy on 29 Mar 2004

    Hey B!x, good to "see" you in the Oregonian. I still have your Elliott CD and I was hoping that you were doing well.

  4. Dave Lister on 29 Mar 2004

    Well deserved publicity for a great service to the public. Keep up the good work.

  5. Gary Marschke on 29 Mar 2004

    So there really is a face behind the curtain. Much deserved recognition for a much needed community service. Here's hoping that poverty, nicotine and caffeine don't conspire to cut your efforts short.

  6. Bethany on 29 Mar 2004

    I just read this article in my journalism class at Ilwaco High School. As a writer you have inspired myself and my classmates to further our writing abilities. Thank you!

  7. no one in particular on 29 Mar 2004

    Bethany:

    I hope you learned a valuable lesson from today's article. Specifically: if you want to be a good writer, you must drop out. Do it now! Why wait until college?

  8. Jack Bog on 29 Mar 2004

    Nice going!

  9. Terry Olson on 29 Mar 2004

    Had I known that b!x and Christopher Frankonis were one and the same, I would have updated my March 16 post sooner to indicate as much.

    It was in that post that I linked your letter to the Tribune (and the delightful
    ColorCommentary quotes) as part of a statement supporting the County for
    its decision to issue same sex marriage licenses. Criticism of the decision on procedural grounds is the reddest of red herrings.

  10. myrln on 29 Mar 2004

    Knowing bix pretty well, I can say the profiles words accurately reflect who he is and what he does and always has done: cared.

  11. Torrid Joe on 29 Mar 2004

    Hooray! Score one for the AP of Portland!

    (and score a few for those of us who reap vicarious blog hits as a result!)

    A generally positive profile that gives you your due. Congrats.

  12. Jeff on 29 Mar 2004

    Oddly enough, today our newspaper didn't come. I might have totally missed it! Well, until I got online, of course.

    You're putting us all to shame, man. Now, if it just turns out that a major donor happens by...

  13. pb on 29 Mar 2004

    Congrats! I have a feeling this won't be the last time you're mentioned in the pages of the Oregonian.

  14. Keith A. Daly on 29 Mar 2004

    It was a suprise, and a real pleasure, to find the profile in the Oregonian on you today. Your experiment in citizen journalism is inspiring, and a real asset to Portlanders. I hope we all fight to keep you on the beat.

  15. Alicia on 29 Mar 2004

    Well-deserved recognition; I recently pondered the extent of dedication it takes to run this gig. It's impressive. Congrats!

    -lisha

  16. Sam Churchill on 29 Mar 2004


    Thanks, b!X, for showing EVERYONE how it's done. Your vital, lively and soulful web resource is a daily inspiration for me.

    You're the cream of the crop, but hey, it's nice to get confirmation.
    It's great to see you featured on the front page of the Oregonian. I made a little squeal of joy when I saw the story.

    Now let's get you some money!

  17. Sam Churchill on 29 Mar 2004


    Thanks, b!X, for showing EVERYONE how it's done. Your vital, lively and soulful web resource is a daily inspiration for me.

    You're the cream of the crop, but hey, it's nice to get confirmation.
    It's great to see you featured on the front page of the Oregonian. I made a little squeal of joy when I saw the story.

    Now let's get you some money!

  18. Matty on 29 Mar 2004

    You've come a long way baby.

    Sarah and I are thrilled for you.

  19. Elaine of Kalilily on 29 Mar 2004

    Since I can't figure out how to trackback, I'll just have to do it this way:
    http://www.kalilily.net/weblog/04/03/29/213913.html

  20. Sheryl Anderson on 29 Mar 2004

    I'm glad you're getting broader recognition. Being shadowed, though. How weird would that feel?

    Thanks for the great work.

  21. Betsy on 29 Mar 2004

    Excellent news.

    We'll all have to say that we 'knew' you when...

  22. Isaac Laquedem on 29 Mar 2004

    Well-deserved recognition!

    Look for a small tangible contribution to the cause in your mail in the next few days.

  23. pdxkona on 29 Mar 2004

    Great article, pretty right on. Almost too specific hehe- might be harder to get cheaper health insurance now with all the close attention written on donuts, coffee, and nicotine consumption. ;) Congrats.

  24. g on 29 Mar 2004

    g

  25. Seth Finkelstein on 29 Mar 2004

    Amazing dedication. My compliments on your excellect (and unsupported) work.

  26. Tiffany Lee Brown on 30 Mar 2004

    nice profile, and quite well-deserved. in terms of readership: b!x, do you know how many people read you via syndication and/or on Bloglet summaries?

    and elaine of kalily: i'm still on Blogger and can't trackback, either.

    so:
    http://www.magdalen.com/blog

    tif

  27. The One True b!X on 30 Mar 2004

    I don't know about syndicated readers, but my RSS feed only includes excerpts, so anyone who wants to full item needs to click through to the site anyway. Bloglet emails therefore are also excerpts-only, since they come from the RSS, but those subs are at 55 (up from the 38 subs I had prior to Monday).

  28. monkeysi on 31 Mar 2004

    Congrats B!X, now I know why making some of Kaitlyn's shows is so difficult for you. Hit me up for a ride anytime!

    --Shawn

  29. Julie Massa on 31 Mar 2004

    Great article (Inara rocks!). Great work. I'd love it if some cash started flowing in your direction. I even hit up my nonprofit org. to see if we could provide "coalition support" to Portland Communique. I'm not sure that'll work out. However, I never give up easily. I hope to see you at some meetings!

  30. Remmer on 31 Mar 2004

    Uh-oh. Now that the Big O has id'd you as one of Portland's movers and shakers, we can look forward to spotting you in the far right column of the Living section some Monday, Wednesday, or Friday morning, to learn about where and with whom you were seen drinking coffee.

    Cheers,

    Remmer

Trackbacks (8)

  1. OregonLive: b!x blogs Portland on 29 Mar 2004

    Traditional media takes note of Portland's civic blogger, Christopher Frankonis, aka b!x. In the spirit of open exchange, he's opened a thread on his blog to discuss the dead-tree article. Only a handful of people had shown up for the...

  2. Front Page: Oregonian on 29 Mar 2004

    First Jack starts getting some press, and now B!x too! It's great to see the major league of bloggers in Oregon take off. Now - get thee to the Communique read, and also, don't forget to support him! The Communique is a valuable community reso...

  3. In The News... on 29 Mar 2004

    The Oregonian published a profile article today on The One True b!X's PORTLAND COMMUNIQUE. Check out the story. The One True b!X's PORTLAND COMMUNIQUE: Meta-Communique Archives

  4. The bloggers are taking over on 29 Mar 2004

    Portland blogger extraordinaire B!x is profiled on the front page of today's Oregonian. Not much reaction from him on his blog yet -- he's probably too busy out there covering the latest fatal shooting of a civilian by police yesterday....

  5. If it matters to Oregonians . . . on 29 Mar 2004

    . . . it's in the Portland Communique, and it got there because b!X found the story. Tell him "thanks."

  6. weblogger in Oregonian on 30 Mar 2004

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