This week in news we wrote about the consequenses of downsizing in the local media on government agencies. After we went to bed (with the paper, that is) we got an email press release from Chad Dryden, former Statesman writer.
"Chad Dryden was laid off from the Idaho Statesman on Friday, April 3, after more than three years as an arts and entertainment, features and city reporter. Three days later, he launched www.laidoffloser.net."In our story, strangely headlined Twitter-ganda, we mention Randy Stapilus' list of ex-Idaho journalists, many of them now flaks or PR reps. But now the trend for ex-Statesmanites is apparently to blog.
"I've got information man. New shit has come to light.""I know how to work the media," Dryden told citydesk this morning. "I wrote up a press release and sent it out."
citydesk bumped into an Idaho Statesman reporter last week who pointed out that BW had not been picking on the daily as much of late. We agreed it had been a few months, and offered that we had more important things to do.
But then, a few days later, the Statesman arrived on our tiled stoop a few inches shorter and thinner, complete with an explanatory pamphlet.
"Busy readers will find even more to like in the new Statesman," the top of the fold bragged.
In newspaper land, that is code for, "we're dumbing it down because we can't afford as much ink anymore."
The Statesman confirms as much in an inside (inside the sports section, that is) business story sidebar: "The paper is 1 inch narrower and about 2 inches shorter, matching the emerging industry standard. It's the same size as USA Today and the Wall Street Journal."