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Fri., May 20, 2011, 8:47 p.m.

Doug /Floyd is retiring…

Good evening, Netizens...


As I told Jeanie earlier this afternoon, on June 30, the end of next month, we will both have a reason to make special note of the day, for that will be Editorial Page Editor Doug Floyd's last day at the Spokesman-Review before his retirement. According to nearly everyone I have spoke with, Doug has been working for the SR for over 40 years which, by itself, is quite an accomplishment, given all the changes to the newspaper he has seen take place during that time.


According to Doug and others I have spoken with in the recent past, the art and trade of newspaper journalism has never ceased its technological march, from a bastion of typewriters in the news room years ago with huge print presses that vibrated the sidewalks out in front while devouring printer's ink to modern-day computer software. This brings us to the question, what of the future? In his own way, Doug Floyd is a quasi-historian of the newspaper business, as he has seen all the changes unfold in his years as a journalist.


Jeanie, and her father before her, both have enjoyed a close working relationship with Doug over the years, and I am hopeful Jeanie will jump in and tell us all more about her father who, like Doug, once worked at the SR long before computer technology began revolutionizing the business of putting out a daily paper. As Doug quickly pointed out in our conversation, computers and all that implies will never change journalism; only the method(s) by which we create things people want to read.


Fortunately I have learned a great deal from my association Doug Floyd, simply through my involvement with this blog.


However, given the rapid evolution of the Kindle and other alternatives to traditional newspapers, who can tell what the newspaper, much less the blogs of tomorrow will resemble?



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