Roundup: Statesman news and notesDon @ IdahoRadioNews | April 8, 2009
One-time Idaho Daily Statesman employee Dave Frazier noticed something in Friday’s printed edition:
“Effective Monday, April 6, we will no longer be able to offer re-delivery of missed papers within the metro area…”
As Dave noted, how can you “re-deliver” something that wasn’t delivered in the first place? The bottom line is simple: If the Statesman screws you over and doesn’t deliver that day’s paper… they aren’t going to try and make it right by getting a paper out to ya. Geez.
UPDATE: Dave didn’t note – and since I didn’t do my own research – I didn’t mention that if you don’t get your paper, they’ll send you a voucher for a free copy of the paper, credit your account or give you an e-edition password. Still not perfect, but at least it’s an attempt.
In that same Friday edition, entertainment writer Mike Deeds decided that a drug reference was a good idea:
Hide your daughters! Hide your daughters’ stashes! Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland is heading out for a solo tour.
Always smart to talk about drug use by kids.
Another note: My very smart mother has been trying to cancel her newspaper (wonder why). While IdahoStatesman.com (the second most popular website in the market) lets you start delivery, put on a vacation stop and a dozen other things… you can’t cancel. As my old boss Mark Danielson used to say: That’ll Hold ‘Em!
The “former Idaho Statesman employees” Facebook group sheds a ton of light on how things work at the paper – with many employees talking about their “last experiences” with the paper:
- Last straw was slinging agate for 22 straight shifts near the end of my term
- Laid off over the phone while on vacation
- Hired just before 9/11 Laid off 3 months later and just two weeks after buying my first home…
Lastly – former Thrive Magazine writer Chad Dryden now has a blog – it’s called “Laid Off Loser” – you can check it out here. It joins Jeane Huff’s excellent “First, the good news…” blog. I’ve added both to the blogroll.