"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

WA: “Another one bites the dust”

Awhile back, we started a list of Idaho journalists who left that profession, but not the state, to take another kind of job. A whole lot of those jobs have involved working as spokespeople for a government agency or a corporation.

Need to start working on comparable lists for Washington and Oregon. Notably, with the news that Washington’s top-placed political reporter, David Postman, is leaving the Seattle Times (where he’s been doing some solid blogging) and journalism, to go to work for Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Inc. – media relations.

As newspapers seemingly circle the drain, where else will all those journalists go? More to the point, where will we get actual journalism from?

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