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Trump Administration's Tariffs On Newsprint Overturned

Kelly Teague

The International Trade Commission has unanimously decided to roll back tariffs that the Trump Administration imposed on Canadian newsprint. 

Among those celebrating the news is Camilla Mortensen, editor of the Eugene Weekly. 

“I actually literally did a happy dance,” she tells KLCC. 

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Camille Mortensen, Editor of the Eugene Weekly.

Mortensen says under the tariffs, it cost her $6,000 more to print a 28-page paper than it did before. She can’t say for sure if the tariffs were part of the White House’s attacks on the media, but…

“…there’s definitely some speculation about that," says Mortensen, "because if there’s one thing you’re going to hurt newspapers with, is taking away our ability to print pages, and our ability to report and put out there what we’re reporting on. 

"Digital is huge, but print is still a very large part of news readership.”

The News Media Alliance trade group applauds the ITC’s decision.  It says cash deposits will be refunded to newsprint manufacturers but that will take months.

Copyright 2018, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.