Statehouse reporting is dead; long live statehouse reporting

A lot of pixels have already been spilled in the past week about the closing of the Lee Enterprises state bureau in Helena and the departure of longtime reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, but I’m going to chip in too, mostly because I feel that their apotheosis has gone far enough. Were Johnson and… Continue reading Statehouse reporting is dead; long live statehouse reporting

A missed reporting opportunity

It must be sweeps week or close to it because the news stations in town are kicking it into high gear with special assignments and more reporting than normal.* My favorites: Who ends up paying for the county’s search and rescue operations? The answer, unsurprisingly: county taxpayers.) A local church speaks out about a handwritten… Continue reading A missed reporting opportunity

Rachel Maddow urges Americans to subscribe to their local newspapers

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow recently urged Americans to subscribe to their local newspapers so that they can have the staff and time to send reporters to cover the boring, hours-long local government meetings. Sounds glamorous, doesn’t it? Boring reality aside, sometimes really important stuff happens at those meetings, as it did in Watauga County, North… Continue reading Rachel Maddow urges Americans to subscribe to their local newspapers

NBC Montana reporter becomes involved in her own story

Our reporter Whitney Bermes passed this link on to me this morning. I think it’s a good opportunity for us to talk for a few minutes about journalism ethics. [NBC Montana reporter helps locate missing rafter](http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/NBC-Montana-reporter-helps-locate-missing-rafter/-/14594602/15683184/-/hffn0n/-/index.html) Emily Adamson, a reporter at KECI in Missoula writes in a story that a rafter went missing after being… Continue reading NBC Montana reporter becomes involved in her own story