If you're thinking of canceling your Rapid City Journal subscription to protest the departure of veteran reporters Kevin Woster and Mary Garrigan, Kevin Woster says, Don't do it.
Kevin Woster says much more in this Facebook post about why we all should pay for a newspaper... but he also says what a paper must not do if it wants to earn that pay:
...The Journal should matter in your life. It matters in mine. It always has. I hope it always will.
Of course, it's not the paper it was 20 years ago, or even five years ago. You can't reduce the reporting staff to half of what is was when I was the Journal's capital reporter in the early 1990s and not hurt your news coverage.
You can't dismantle a newsroom staff that was once the state's most stable and most connected to its vast coverage area and not hurt the product.
You can't cut editing slots and virtually eliminate the copy desk, relying instead on a regional design center in another state staffed by young design specialists, not editors, who don't know the Journal, its readers or western South Dakota and not have more errors end up in print and online.
And you can't push out older, more experienced and slightly better-paid staffers who understand and are connected to this town and region in favor of promising-but-inexperienced, lower-paid, pass-through employees (bless their hearts) who don't intend to stay and are barely part of the community unless you are willing to accept shallower, less-insightful news coverage.
You just can't.
Neither can you, with such illogical, inhumane management ideals, maintain the type of team-family news environment capable of producing truly meaningful, accurate, compelling community journalism. It’s hard to know a community when you barely even know your own colleagues... [Kevin Woster, Facebook post, 2013.08.16].
Read Woster's full post here. Then ask yourself where you should get your news, and what you expect for your money.