Print is dead.
But so is the plastic youre reading this on right now.
Hey, we get it: Were reading things online just like the rest of you. So while the Boise Weekly is embracing this Internet business, well still fill those snappy red boxes around town with Idahos Only Alternative. In print. On paper. Fit for wrapping presents, lining cages, and a good long coffee break.
But were happy to welcome readers to our new online-only feature, the BW Beat. Well use this space to update you on all the news and info that comes our way, as quickly as we can. Maybe it will be a story update, or the word on the latest restaurant or concert news. Maybe it will be interview audio, or (gasp) video from things were doing. Well keep it kid-friendly, and well warn you if it aint.
In this weeks print edition: We decided to run a story by the indomitable Ray Ring, a Bozeman-based writer for High Country News. Ray is a good old-fashioned investigative reporter who blew the top off the boondoggle known as Proposition 2 last summer, which would have made most land-use planning impossible. When Ray had another good story, about the hidden dangers of oil and gas development, we were ready to say yes. Its in the issue on stands now.
But the most exciting thing weve got going right now is a trip to Cuba. Yes, the island nation that has repelled entreaties by hundreds of Western journalists said, Si! to the Boise Weekly. Our Man in Havana is Nathaniel Hoffman, and hell be reporting on Gov. C.L. Butch Otters trip to Fidels country. To our knowledge Hoffman is one of very few Western reporters into Cuba these days, so we were happy to pony up for his trip. Mind you, the Boise Weekly hasnt sent a reporter to Idaho Falls, much less to Havana, so this is a bit of a stretch for us. Well keep you updated with regular reports from Hoffman as he tails Otter and explores Cuba.
Thats my goal as the new editor of the Boise Weekly: To push our boundaries a little and make this newspaper the best thing it can be, both online and in the red boxes.