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
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

August 18, 2006 08:07 PM US Eastern Timezone

Santa Barbara News-Press Announces Emphasis on

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

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

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,


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