I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself

The ever vigilant First District Streetfighter says it best with yet another in his long line of gets:

Four legs good, two legs bad…

Their latest spin on how a new bunch of kids as rookie reporters are better than the veterans who have been pushed out or moved to beats where their experience does not apply. Of course, will the News-Press write up an actual news article about who was hired, what their local experience actually is, and why the veteran reporters already there no longer are suitable to cover the beats they finally know as experts.

August 18, 2006 08:07 PM US Eastern Timezone

Santa Barbara News-Press Announces Emphasis on News

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 18, 2006—The Santa Barbara News-Press today announced the latest moves in the restructuring process that has been underway since earlier this year. Some of the changes were dictated as a result of the walk out of a small group of disgruntled employees. The News-Press has made the following changes as part of its commitment to the community to return the paper to its founding principles and journalistic mission:

Scott Steepleton has been promoted to associate editor with responsibility for a staff of nearly 60 newsroom employees.

Sixteen newsroom employees have been hired, including assignment/city editors, copy editors, designers and new reporters.

Beat assignments have been changed for better utilization of staff and to bring fresh perspective to the beats, which is standard industry practice.

Community “notebooks,” which are more like diaries, are being replaced by staff-written local news as part of the renewed emphasis on more localized news coverage.

The News-Press expects that union organizers will quickly take these changes as being unfair labor practices. The paper hastens to assure the Teamsters union that these planned changes have absolutely nothing to do with any union organizing attempts. The News-Press continues to cooperate fully with the NLRB process.

For more than a century, the Santa Barbara News-Press has provided the community with dependable daily news on local and national current events. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara, the award winning News-Press continues its long tradition of commitment and dedication to journalistic excellence. For more information on the Santa Barbara News-Press, visit the Web site at Contacts Agnes Huff Communications Group, LLC Agnes Huff, PhD, 310-641-2525

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