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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2007, 10:24 A.M.

Hard 7: In Praise Of Jim Kershner’s Column

The S-R's post-layoff newsroom reorganization was announced last night. The sad revelation from where I sit is that Jim Kershner no longer will be writing his weekly column. Quite often, Jim's column is the flat-out funniest piece in the paper all week. I believe he's forged a strong bond with Spokane readers over the years and the loss of this column will leave a significant void--even though he'll still be writing tons of features. In tight times, resource deployment realities can be harsh and I'm guessing this was a difficult call. But I wish there was some way that Jim's once-a-week opportunity to showcase his wit could be restored/Frank Sennett, Hard 7. More here.

DFO: Editor Steve Smith and the upper management team will discuss the realignment in discussions with the newsroom late the afternoon and late tomorrow morning. The Coeur d'Alene staff will be involved via conference call in the Thursday meeting. It should be fascinating. Also, I believe, Editor Smith will post the 4 additional openings in the newsroom sometime today. Stay tuned.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.