James Hagengruber 
Member since Nov 28, 2007

North Idaho



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Re: “Not-So-Big News

I'm one of the journalists laid off from The SR. I wasn't going to reply, but, what the hell, I have some time on my hands. I'm a bit appalled at the suggestion we should somehow develop ourselves as "brand names." This reeks of the same corporate mumbo-jumbo that has editors cutting writers in hopes of saving newspapers. I realize there are reporters out there with a "brand name," but there are also many of us who want our reputations based on what's printed below our bylines. If I wanted to be a brand name, I would have gone into TV, or worked on a tastier version of Cap'n Crunch. As for the notion of being able to cover a beat through streaming video or whatever... are you crazy? I was the regional environment reporter and I can't think of a single decent story I wrote over the past four years that would have been possible without me being there or knowing the source directly. And very few of the best stories come from obvious places, like meetings or the mouths of bigshots. I guess the bottom line is I'm tired of the bottom line running journalism. I realize profit's critical, but I'm still stuck on the tired old notion that the newsroom should somehow be insulated from the business side of newspapers. Perhaps we should consider an entirely different model of funding journalism. What that model is, I don't know...

Posted by James Hagengruber on 11/28/2007 at 12:17 PM

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