Good morning, Netizens...
It isn't everyday that you read a well-written piece about the Spokesman-Review and the Cowles family but if you read this morning's Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/30/in-spokane-spokesman-review_n_989576.html you can gain an insight into the history of the SR as seen through the eyes of Huffington Post.
William Stimson, a journalism professor at Eastern Washington University, is quoted as saying, "We can be somewhat prissy around here," Professor Stimson said in an interview. "But we are very lucky to have this paper."
In a day and age when most newspapers of size comparable to the Spokesman-Review are either shuttering their doors entirely or selling out to other conglomerates of one kind or another, there is hope the paper will stay in family hands long after the other papers are gone. That is because the Cowles have diversified their assets over the generations.
It should be noted that the topic of Cowles' college-age son's senior project in high school was The future of journalism. Another generation of Cowles stands at the doorway of change getting ready to assume the future roll of newspaper journalism.