Wednesday, April 11, 2007



Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Print is dead.

But so is the plastic you’re reading this on right now.

Hey, we get it: We’re reading things online just like the rest of you. So while the Boise Weekly is embracing this Internet business, we’ll still fill those snappy red boxes around town with Idaho’s Only Alternative. In print. On paper. Fit for wrapping presents, lining cages, and a good long coffee break.

But we’re happy to welcome readers to our new online-only feature, the BW Beat. We’ll use this space to update you on all the news and info that comes our way, as quickly as we can. Maybe it will be a story update, or the word on the latest restaurant or concert news. Maybe it will be interview audio, or (gasp) video from things we’re doing. We’ll keep it kid-friendly, and we’ll warn you if it ain’t.

In this week’s print edition: We decided to run a story by the indomitable Ray Ring, a Bozeman-based writer for High Country News. Ray is a good old-fashioned investigative reporter who blew the top off the boondoggle known as Proposition 2 last summer, which would have made most land-use planning impossible. When Ray had another good story, about the hidden dangers of oil and gas development, we were ready to say yes. It’s in the issue on stands now.

But the most exciting thing we’ve got going right now is a trip to Cuba. Yes, the island nation that has repelled entreaties by hundreds of Western journalists said, “Si!” to the Boise Weekly. Our Man in Havana is Nathaniel Hoffman, and he’ll be reporting on Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s trip to Fidel’s country. To our knowledge Hoffman is one of very few Western reporters into Cuba these days, so we were happy to pony up for his trip. Mind you, the Boise Weekly hasn’t sent a reporter to Idaho Falls, much less to Havana, so this is a bit of a stretch for us. We’ll keep you updated with regular reports from Hoffman as he tails Otter and explores Cuba.

That’s my goal as the new editor of the Boise Weekly: To push our boundaries a little and make this newspaper the best thing it can be, both online and in the red boxes.


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