I can find plenty on which to disagree with Kevin Woster. But he and his wife Mary Garrigan are both fine reporters.
They are now both unemployed reporters, due to an unwillingess to take any more corporate bull. Woster and Garrigan have resigned from the Rapid City Journal. Former colleague David Montgomery gets this statement from Woster:
"It’s a profoundly sad evening around our house," he wrote. "We both love the Journal and have survived some trying times in recent years. This, though, we could not abide. I don’t feel comfortable talking in detail about what happened. But we reached a point today where we simply could not continue to work there" [Kevin Woster, quoted by David Montgomery, "Woster, Garrigan Leave Rapid City Journal," Political Smokeout, 2013.08.14].
What exactly RCJ owner Lee Enterprises did to impose unacceptable working conditions on two outstanding veteran reporters remains unknown, but it is surely stupid. The value of West River's biggest paper just dropped significantly. Once again, the free market fails to recognize quality.
I try to write a few words or lines or graphs in every story that do what my poetry instructor in college encouraged us to do: “Make the readers look up! Make them stop chewing their corn flakes and say, “Wow.”
Storytelling is the best part of being a reporter. It might also be the most important, especially in these highly competitive days. One good move can make a reader stay with you. Two or three might make him remember you, and look for your stuff next time [Kevin Woster, interview with Peter Salter, "From Rapid City: Getting Readers to Stop Chewing," Lee Enterprises: Editorial Matters, 2013.05.02].