a newsroom and be prepared to begin producing a daily on-line newspaper in
Eugene, Ore., by March 1, was the assignment that I received during a dream
members will be expected to work a four-day week, will be paid top guild wages,
will receive two months of paid vacation and sick leave annually and will be
covered for medical and dental expenses.
retirement benefits, however, because when you sign up you sign on for life.
immediately began shuffling through names of former Register-Guard staff
members I worked with on the Eugene daily newspaper and who may still be alive:
I chose Jacqui Banasynski as my editor. Although Jacqui has only worked for
newspapers like The Seattle Times, picked up a Pulitzer Prize and taught
journalism at the University of Missouri, she is obviously qualified to handle
the editor’s job despite a bum knee and a penchant for communicating with
was going to invite her sidekick Don Nelson to handle county correspondence for
our new paper in Eugene but realized that he’s holed up editing and publishing
a weekly newspaper in Methow, Washington.
editorial staff selection was a no-brainer: Hire the best in the business: Jackman
Wilson, Paul Neville and Don Robinson.
If Barrie Hartman declines our offer to
return from Colorado to serve as our managing editor, then I’ll check with Dave
Baker, who may prefer to serve as our public relations officer.
Paseman, who was city editor of
The Register-Guard for a zillion years, certainly knows how to handle a
staff of reporters but may prefer to be the movie reviewer.
Bellamy tops my list of picks for sports editor. I am concerned, however,
because he may spend most of his time golfing. I would hope that he could
persuade Mike Stahlberg to return to Eugene from Hawaii and to serve as our
fish and game columnist.
Frisella will serve as copy chief. Jeff Wright, Dave Emery and Ross Carletta
may be available although Emery tends to throw too many commas in the hell box
and Carletta tends to spend too much time fly-fishing.
Penix gets the nod for the designer’s position.
Strycker, who is the fastest typist in the world, will serve as our research
and development director.
Keefer, who creates magic with words and pictures, may be willing to leave his
Creswell farm long enough to serve as our environmental editor.
Henkle, who spent some time with The Seattle Times, may be willing to serve as
the photo editor if she doesn’t spend all her time photographing sunsets.
Kortge, one of our all-time most outstanding lifestyle writers, will serve as
editor of that department.
Crafts gets the nod as our arts and entertainment editor. He tends, however, to
live in the past by producing a radio show.
Smith, an itinerant journalist, may be willing to leave his university teaching
job long enough to serve as our ombudsman.
going to hire two of the best columnists in the business and turn them loose to
roam the world in search of stories: Karen McCowan and Bob Welch.
cover the region, as The Register-Guard once did, with bureaus headed by
seasoned journalists: Larry Bacon, Oregon Coast; Doug Bates, Oakridge; Mike
Thoele, Junction City: and John Thompson, Cottage Grove.
reporting staff will include:
Dietz, investigative reporter
Baker Mack, higher education
Bishoff, local government
Bjornstad, general assignment
probably have overlooked potential candidates for staff positions. Keep in
mind, however, that I’m pushing 90, and I still live in the land of
typewriters, carbon paper and paste pots.
in mind, too, that I dream a lot.