Originally posted at 5:29 p.m. Wednesday
Some of you have wondered what’s going on with The Spokesman-Review. A rumor is circulating that we shut the Coeur d’Alene office. Well, I’m still here and the bosses intend to keep me here. In fact, they’re actually going to require that I start working for my salary. After the first of the year, I’ll be writing my Huckleberries column five days a week for the newspaper. It’ll be smaller (maybe 10-12 inches instead of the current Sunday length of 20-22 inches). So those of you who enjoy the column can look forward to reading it almost daily.
As for the rest of the Coeur d’Alene crew, I’ll defer to the official pronouncement from Editor Rob Curley:
“The Spokesman-Review is moving most of its Coeur d'Alene-based reporters out of the Coeur d'Alene office to work from Spokane. This change is being made to make the best use of our reporting resources. Dave Oliveria will stay put in the Idaho office, however, and a version of his popular Huckleberries Online blog will now appear in our newspaper five days a week. We remain committed to supporting the news needs of North Idaho with the largest news staff in the region, the region's leading blog, and Idaho's leading statehouse reporter, Betsy Russell.”
Rob explained what’s going on in his Sunday column:
“Over the past few months, we’ve added many more pages to our newspaper. Several days each week, the largest daily newspaper by page count in both Washington and Idaho is The Spokesman-Review. We’ve expanded the space we devote to national and international news, and we plan to add even more. Our subscribers deserve not just the most in-depth local coverage, but the best from across the planet – written by some of the most talented journalists in the world.”
“Over the past month, we’ve added more local reporters to our newsroom. And there are plans to add even more in 2017. We want to give you more local business, real estate and economic coverage, many more health stories and much more from our neighborhoods and schools”
You can read Rob’s complete column here: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/dec/11/rob-curley-as-the-spokesman-reviews-new-editor-i-c/
So there you have it. If you haven’t noticed the remarkable changes to The Spokesman-Review of late, you haven’t been paying intention. I hear there’s more to come. I’m going to be part of those changes. (You’ll probably get sick of reading my scattered thoughts 5 days a week.) And I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still hang out my shingle at The Spokesman Review building at 608 Northwest Blvd/DFO.