Former Statesman writers blog

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This week in news we wrote about the consequenses of downsizing in the local media on government agencies. After we went to bed (with the paper, that is) we got an email press release from Chad Dryden, former Statesman writer.

"Chad Dryden was laid off from the Idaho Statesman on Friday, April 3, after more than three years as an arts and entertainment, features and city reporter. Three days later, he launched www.laidoffloser.net."
In our story, strangely headlined Twitter-ganda, we mention Randy Stapilus' list of ex-Idaho journalists, many of them now  flaks or PR reps. But now the trend for ex-Statesmanites is apparently to blog.

Dryden is the second that we know of. Jeanne Huff started her cheery Web log, First, the Good News after losing her Statesman writing gig. Everything there is all good and golly all the time.

Dryden's style is more raw and real, with R-rated video clips and everything (J.R. Simplot and Wayne Hammon interrogating the Dude).
"I've got information man. New shit has come to light."
"I know how to work the media," Dryden told citydesk this morning. "I wrote up a press release and sent it out."

Ex-journos blogging-as-resume sites are the new thing. Our former Contra Costa Times colleague Aaron Crowe started one and he seems to be picking up a some work from it, including some press releases, but that's ok...

Maybe we should write about journo blogs in the BW... wonder where we can find a freelancer these days...

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