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Smith: KXLY Shoulda Called to Update 10-Day-Old Memo

Well, I was hooked by the tease for the 6 p.m. KXLY (Ch. 4) newscast announcing a story on significant changes coming to The Spokesman-Review. Of course, I watched the newscast, 45 minutes of pretty typical TV news content before the SR piece ran. It might have been 90 seconds long, maybe just a minute. The report, read by anchor Richard Brown, referenced my Aug. 3 memo posted on this blog and on at least one national industry site. Fair enough, I posted the memo because there was nothing in it that should not be discussed publicly. Problem is, the memo was written 10 days ago. Some of what I wrote has changed, particularly in reference to section front ads. What struck me was the fact that no one at KXLY bothered to call me and ask if the memo still reflected reality. As just about every journalist in town knows, I will answer any question any time posed by any legitimate journalist. I’d have been happy to have brought the KXLY folks up to date — Editor Steve Smith/News Is A Conversation.

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Question: Is the SR as candid with what’s going on inside the newspaper as you would like?

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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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