For many, Starshine Roshell's witty, funny column in the Santa Barbara News-Press was the highlight of the paper's' Sunday Life section. A couple of years ago Star won first place in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association contest. She was a star.
Star Flames Out
Starshine Roshell resigns from News-Press
Friday, August 18, 2006
But that was then, now is now. During the current News-Press meltdown, Star became one of the leaders working to form a union to give the newsroom some protection against owner Wendy McCaw's meddlng with the news. She became a marked woman. And when her August 6 column appeared, praising the "impassioned journalists" who'd resigned, many were surprised that it even ran. Well, mistakes happen, right?
So in last week's shakeup in beats, Star was transferred out of Life and made a general assignmenrt reporter. And Thursday she got the word that her column was killed, dead, muerto. Retaliation? If so, it made the paper even less appealing to readers the NP is desperately trying to attract and keep. Ironically, the News-Press ad mailer residents received this week featured a photo and quote from Star, listing her as "Columnist, Sunday Life Section"