The Last Word

The Last Word? Rolling with the punches…

“It’s really kind of sad that at a time when the threat to information and democracy is at its highest … that that’s the time when we have a smaller staff. That’s not good. Anything you lose now from this point – whether it’s one reporter or you’re talking about entire organizations going out of…

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The Last Word? Rattled in Ridgecrest

“We’re not putting anything back on the walls” yet. — Jessica Weston, city editor, The Daily Independent in Ridgecrest, talking to CNN Business after two large earthquakes last week.

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The Voice shall not be silenced

“Every time you try to censor the press, the district always has to learn the hard way. When you try to silence our voice, all it does is make our voice louder.”— Kathi Duffel, Bear Creek High School, Stockton, in Columbia Journalism Review’s “Q&A: Teacher facing possible firing over student sex worker profile”

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The Last Word? Deadlines and housekeeping…

“It’s a hell of a lot easier to clean toilets and make some beds up and host people than it is to put out a weekly newspaper.” — Caroline Titus, Ferndale Enterprise editor and publisher (and Airbnb superhost), quoted at Poynter.org.

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The Last Word? New chapter, same verses…

“None of this means that all our troubles are over. Hurdles remain.” — Clay Lambert, Half Moon Bay Review editor, in “This small California publication provides a blueprint for how local buyers can save a newspaper” (Poynter)

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The Last Word? Without fear or favor…

“He has no friends, but he recognizes no enemies. He’s a hero for journalism everywhere.” — Rowland “Reb” Rebele (1989 CNPA president), describing Sacramento Valley Mirror Publisher Tim Crews in “Meet the ‘cranky country publisher’ who files lawsuits instead of tweets” (Poynter)

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