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When Eric Eyre first started at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, he didn’t think he’d stay in West Virginia for more than a few years. The newsroom was known for powerful investigative journalism. But he had no connection to the community.
That was 20 years ago.
Last year, Eyre won the Gazette-Mail its first Pulitzer for coverage of how, as he wrote, “in six years, drug wholesalers showered the state with 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills, while 1,728 West Virginians fatally overdosed on those two painkillers…”
“We’re all working full steam on our plan Bs.”
Eyre’s situation is a nearly perfect sketch of what a lot of local journalists are dealing with right now – a commitment to covering their communities as the places that employ them to do just that shrink, change owners and strategies and, sometimes, just close.
For the next month, we’re talking about something a lot of you have emailed me about. What can/should newsrooms do to keep journalists in local? What should editors do? What should local reporters ask for if they want to stay? How can local newsrooms keep people when so much is uncertain? I
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