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Posts published in “Day: March 20, 2015”

Journalism, whither?



It has been six months since a failed California carpenter,who has been hustling for public office in Shoshone County since the day he arrived, terminated my print newspaper career, aided and abetted by a clerk-typist. This, after more than 40 good years in the game exposing crooked people, ranting and raving, and other fun duties.

I never saw this sucker-punch coming and it still hurts and bleeds, and every day and night it makes me wonder if I deserved all the national, regional and state awards I have received from my peers. Oddly, I hold the son of the California carpenter, and the spouse of the clerk-typist, in high regard.

But whither?

Where will truth be spoken to power in our town? Who will give voice to an exhausted miner or a wrung-out Walmart clerk? The unions cannot do it; they've shot themselves in the foot, padded their executives' pockets and looted pension funds too many times.

Indeed, whither?

In my naivety, I believed newspapers would carry this load. They have not and will not. This is not about me. There are many far greater journos than I, but they're not working in the trade anymore, either. We are unemployable. 'You want the truth? You can't handle the truth." Lousy movie but a great line.

Again, whither?

Print is dead, and it's the only trade I've ever known. There is nothing like watching a block-long Goss or Cleveland press roll to a halt and the pressmen re-plate Page One at 11 o'clock at night with your story, the one you knew would rock the town and toss some bums out of office, and watch that baby fire back up.

The party is over. That's not a newspaper you're picking off the front porch in the morning, fuelled by the fire of young men and women who actually gave a damn about your town. It is a revenue-seeking device, counting upon your ignorance and absence of curiosity.

Once again, whither?

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Health insurance costs rise again this year (Boise Statesman)
Instant racing repeal progresses (Boise Statesman)
Looking at snowpack levels for spring (Lewiston Tribune)
Palouse aquifer committee onsiders water supply (Moscow News)
Pullman police argue need for more officers (Moscow News)
Better picture on veteran employment (Nampa Press Tribune)
Career ladder bill gets a hearing (Nampa Press Tribune)
FabriKal of Michigan will build Burley plant (TF Times News)

UO bears down on meningits shots (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath hoping for new air service (KF Herald & News)
Brown visits Pendleton, talks housing (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Wyden seeks extension of power line input (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Stakes to be lowered in school test under bill (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Background released on Marshall stalking case (Portland Orgonian)
Looking at new motor voter laws (Salem Statesman Journal)

Calls for fines after BNSF train leakage (Bellingham Herald)
Home of state auditor searched by feds (Tacoma News Tribune, Vancouver Columbian, Yakima Herald Republic, Bellingham Herald, Olympian)
Pay raises for teamsters, management approved (Bremerton Sun)
Harvey field airport considers expansion (Everett Herald)
WA senators talk about Oso aftermath (Everett Herald)
No renovations at Clatskanie coal dock (Longview News)
New superintendent hired at Tunwater schools (Olympian)
Clallam's economic growth council dissolves (Port Angeles News)
Seattle may ban smoking in city parks (Seattle Times)
State looks to increase oversight of logging (Seattle Times)
Big part of Bertha rises to Seattle ground (Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark moves ahead on big rapid transit (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima election system still in court wrangle (Yakima Herald Republic)
Yakima clerk agrees to new records system (Yakima Herald Republic)