"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

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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