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Defending the Journal

Submitted by on 1, October 20, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

We here at The Island just want to take a minute out to put in our two cents about Dennis Green’s piece on the Alameda Journal and Journal editor Connie Rux last Friday on Don Roberts’ blog.

First off, we’d like to echo Mr. Green’s frustration about the direction the journalism industry, and specifically newspapers, are headed. With newsprint costs spiking and the bottom having fallen out of the advertising that has supported it, print is in a scary, scary death spiral, killing the news product with job cuts in an effort to save the industry’s evaporating bottom line.

We worked for that “distant corporate chain” Mr. Green referenced for nine years. And it was our frustrations with that corporation – I believe you covered those, Mr. Green – that led us to leave.

That said, we strongly disagree with Mr. Green’s comments about Journal editor Connie Rux. She’s running that paper with one staff reporter and an army of freelancers, and we are constantly amazed at what she is able to accomplish with such limited resources. Connie was briefly one of our bosses in our old life as a print reporter, and it was that very positive experience that led us to freelance for the Journal as soon as we had a spare minute.

The business is struggling, and that has a very real impact on the news you receive. But dedicated people like Connie are the reason why it’s not already dead and gone.

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