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LETTER: PI has forgotten what true journalism is all about

I question the Post Independent’s wisdom of letting Kelley Cox go.

The PI is shortsighted, and in this day and age when everything is Internet based, Kelley provided the human element that goes with good journalism. The staff turnover throughout the years at the PI, the streamlining of stories, the downsizing and the online interface instead of face to face has sadly caused the PI to report community news in an impersonal way.

Kelley Cox is more than a super-talented photographer. When she walks into events with her cameras slung over her shoulders and her huge smile, everyone says, “That’s Kelley from the newspaper.” She is one of “us,” and she listens and writes our names and our quotes down on her small spiral notebook. She has a history in this valley and a following the size of a phone book.

I think the executives at the PI forgot what true journalism is all about.

Mary Blichmann


Editor’s note: Like many other newspapers, the Post Independent recently made the difficult decision to no longer carry a staff photographer on its payroll and use freelancers instead. We hope Kelley will be among them.

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