The Missoula Republic, the Ravallian?

by Pete Talbot

When newspapers start to merge, and there has been a lot of that lately, they usually start with the advertising, accounting and circulation departments, and keep the newsrooms separate.

So it was a bit of a surprise when the Missoulian announced that the Ravalli Republic and Missoulian were combining their newsrooms under Missoulian editor Sherry Devlin (although I should have seen the handwriting on the wall with all the Ravalli Republic reporter bylines showing up in the Missoulian’s pages).

So what’s the next step, one daily newspaper serving Missoula and the Bitterroot? This is not good news for any of the communities up and down the valley, Missoula included.

  1. Moorcat

    First I am curious why you say that it would not be good news. The Missoulian has resources that are simply out of the reach of the smaller Valley papers and I would see that as a plus. Maybe there is something here I am missing. Feel free to enlighten me. Are you saying that the reporting will decline?

    Second this story has some personal significance as my mother was both a reporter and photographer for the Ravalli Republic back in the day. She still keeps somewhat in touch with the Valley papers and, in fact, has one of them mailed each week.

    • petetalbot

      I suppose it could be good news, Moorcat, if newsroom resources are maintained or increased. That’s not the way the print media are trending these days.

      I also worry that as the papers become more “regional” they will lose the local voice that makes each newspaper, well, local.

      I also see the content in the Missoulian becoming more of a police blotter for the Bitterroot: you know, all those twisted stories about drunk, abusive, gun-wielding Bitterrooters in high-speed chases. I suppose those stories interest readers but that’s the fodder for TV news. I want stories that deal with the issues facing our communities, with some in-depth reporting and analysis (but that could just be me).

      • carfreestupidity

        Just one more piece of evidence that the “liberals” are trying to suppress the voice of all freedom loving Americans.

  2. Nick D

    They’ve gotta pay for Mary Junck’s multimillion dollar salary and bonuses somehow.

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