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Update: Hag Fights Ex-Editor Unemployment Claim

Re: Ex-Bonners Ferry Herald editor Robert James provides an update re: his November firing.

Just an update on the Bonners Ferry Herald debacle. Hagadone, through its courageous Sandpoint publisher, is fighting my unemployment claim. The company believes that its offer to me, i.e. stay on through December as an entry level reporter with no editorial control over the paper and no managerial-level authority, qualifies as an equal position to that of managing editor. Oh, and I would have had to TRAIN the new editor as well, isn’t that convenient? Gotta love the continuning nickel-and-dime pettiness of the Hagadrone crowd. The company tried to ruin my Thanksgiving by firing me the Friday before the holiday. Because losing my job didn’t ruin that holiday, Hagadroid is trying again, this time by contesting my unemployment claim just in time for Christmas. At least I know now that Scrooge is alive and well in Coeur d’Alene. Happy Holidays everyone.

Robert James

P.S. I am the new editor of the Boundary County Digest, a monthly magazine, as well as ruralnorthwest.com, an online news source. Hagadone is fighting me over about 3 weeks total of unemployment. Nice folks.

DFO: Looks like Hagadonia and KXLY have something in common re: rewarding loyalty. (Queue up sound of publisher shoe connecting with rear of underpaid newsroom supplicant)



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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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