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Daily Briefing: Chico Story Gave Newsroom Fits

“We’ve been cracking one-liners for a week now,” managing editor Gary Graham said. Is the monkey coverage over yet? Editor Steve Smith doesn’t think so. There has been more division over the Chico stories’ execution (no pun intended) and placement than for serious and noticeably important stories, ones that for example make you a better voter, said assistant city editor Dave Wasson. “I think sometimes we take ourselves too seriously,” senior editor Carla Savalli said, and that sometimes “we think were above stories like Chico.” Savalli noted that KHQ started a discussion thread on their web site about Chico’s death. Earlier in the run, Graham suggested a Chico blog as a joke. The KHQ thread has grown to more than 15,000 words worth of replies/Thuy Nguyen, Daily Briefing. More here

SR Blog roundup:
*More tabloid headlines re: Spitzer/Gary Graham, News Diary
*Learning real-life skills by playing make-believe/Virginia de Leon, Parents Council.
*No country for gay men (and women)/Jill Wagner, Out On The Town
*Upper Falls East condo for sale/Parker Howell, Here’s The Dirt
*Audit raises questions about state planes/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise

Question: Did the Spokesman-Review give the story about Chico The Monkey too much coverage?

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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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