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Kellogg Reporter Rips Mine Coverage

Seems Andie Tessler, a staff writer for the Shoshone News-Press two weeks out of journalism school, is “embarrassed” at the way the media has conducted themselves during coverage of the Lucky Friday Mine tragedy. In a News-Press column today, she said: “I have watched them walk the streets of Mullan without seeing them, speak to people in genuine distress without hearing them, and attend a heartfelt and moving vigil without actually being there. I am sickened. Being an objective journalist does not mean it is acceptable to sell your soul for a story; there must be a level of compassion and connection to the people around you or the integrity of your words is lost.” I'd say young Tessler has lost her objectivity in an attempt to ingratiate herself to individuals that she will be covering in the Silver Valley. I'd also say that she certainly wasn't describing professional SR staffers Becky Kramer, Alison Boggs, and Kathy Plonka who have been covering the tragedy. She should name names and specific examples rather than slime a whole profession that knows a whole lot more than her how to deal with breaking news. You can read more of Tessler's column here. (AP file photo)

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Update: Fire at Shoshone News-Press

Stacks of charred newspapers can be seen at the Shoshone News-Press in Kellogg on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. A fire was started at the offices early Thursday.

A 21-year-old man arrested for arson at the badly gutted office of the Shoshone News Press in Kellogg apparently “was just mad at the town,” Kellogg’s fire chief said today.

The newspaper lost a portion of its archives that date back decades.

Douglas Mark Burmeister of Kellogg was booked into Shoshone County Jail today for starting the fire inside the newspaper office at 401 S. Main St.

He was arrested away from the fire, but investigators had been able to place him at the scene, officials said.

Fire Chief Dale Costa said the arsonist broke a window to gain entry to the newspaper in the pre-dawn hours. SR, More here.

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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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