César Chávez Celebration XIII / Celebración de César Chávez XIII
Tuesday 31 March 2015 / Martes 31 de Marzo 2015
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I attended last Wednesday's retirement reception for longtime Reno Gazette-Journal reporters Bill O'Driscoll, Ray Hagar, Susan Skorupa and Jeff DeLong, last of the dinosaurs.
The latter is former reporter Sue Voyles' term for the journalists who came to the paper before the dawn of the Internet.
endangered species in attendance included Marilyn Newton, Allan Risdon, Lenita
Powers and Frank X. Mullen, Skorupa's husband.
Hagar's political beat replacement will be import Seth Richardson who at least reportedly has long hair and a beard to piss off conservatives.
The final four were the only ones given a party. Kinda like corporate relief at finally shedding their salaries.
O'Driscoll updated me on his ink-stained siblings. Brother Pat remains in Denver and former Las Vegas Sun writer Mary is chief communications officer at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, brought there by recently retired FERC chair and ex-Nevada consumer advocate Jon Wellinghoff.
The most interesting part of the public-invited soirée lay in who was not there no present public officials at all. None. Nada. Zip. Amazing.
I made the point to several in attendance that newspapers are trying to become TV stations and thus forgetting to dance with who brung 'em.
back, one of the dinosaurs described to me the multi-tasking folly faced by
journalists today. He said that while in a courtroom covering a trial, he would
have to simultaneously watch the proceedings, blog to a website and record video.
Somewhere, he could miss a key statement, weakening the story because of doing
three things at once. Then he'd have to high-tail it back to the paper to not
only finish the piece but edit the TV version.
Part of the erosion of print media relevance lies with their own self-imposed corporate straitjackets.
shalt not irritate big advertisers, especially new car dealers.
peanuts and bottled water but they actually had hot and cold hors d'oeuvres,
fresh veggies and such, probably justified to corporate beancounters by all
the salary savings.
So the region's major news source has divested itself of all its most experienced journalists, centuries of experience and institutional memory, just in time for Nevada's enhanced status as an early-caucus swing state in a wide-open presidential election.
Way to go, guys.
HAZARDS OF THE JOB. The Storey County DA brought misdemeanor assault charges against RGJ photographer Andy Barron as a result of an unfortunate confrontation with two rogue Tesla security guards.
vehicle window was smashed and he got cut out of his seatbelt by Elon Musk's
thugs, but Barron got busted.
Not to worry. As noted in my 2014 online Nevada Day column, Storey Sheriff Gerald Cook Antinoro is a master at botching crime scene investigations, so I hope Barron sues after exoneration.
If he gets enough to retire on, I wonder if the RGJ will throw him a party for leaving early.
Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish.)
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BARBWIRE WEB EXTRAS... TOMORROW'S NEWS TODAY: FEEL UP YOUR FIRE METER. The Reno Gazette-Journal did big spreads on three consecutive Sundays (Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28) on NV Energy smart meter fires. Welcome aboard. Barbwire readers were two years ahead on the fire meter issue. (Touch a Smart Meter, Go to Jail 11 October 2012)
FIRE METER UPDATES: THE NEVADA FIRE MARSHALL'S INVESTIGATION concluded "don't worry, be happy." I'm still worried and will continue fondling NVE's precious equipment > If your smart meter feels very hot, not just from sunshine, call 911.
In its Sunday 21 Dec. 2014 front page headline major story, the Reno Gazette-Journal published results of the NVEnergy-commissioned "don't worry, be happy" echo study. On 1-27-2015, the RGJ published an analysis based on veteran reporter Anjeanette Damon's review of more than 1,000 pages of documents. Barbwire bottom line: NVE handles this like auto manufacturers handle defects > It's cheaper to pay legal settlements after people are injured or killed than to fix the problem.
Don'tcha worry 'bout a thing! If you can't trust your power company, who can you trust?
DIDN'T THEY MAKE A MOVIE CALLED "THE INCREDIBLES"? On 2-6-2015, the RGJ reported that the Public Utilities Commission has ordered NVE to hire an independent laboratory to review the material. UPDATE: The report said all is well. I still recommend feeling up your fire meter on a regular basis.
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Be well. Raise hell.
/ Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon
Andrew Barbano is a 47-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of NevadaLabor.com and JoeNeal.org and DoctorLawyerWatch.com/ As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Sparks Tribune since 1988.
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