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Author Archive: "Mitch Tobin"

Reporting on Endangered Species While Becoming One

When I started writing Endangered in 2005, I was a beat reporter at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. My job was to cover the environment, plus an occasional homicide, in the nation's fastest growing region and one of its hotspots for biological diversity. By the time I finished my book, in early 2010, the species of environmental journalist seemed endangered itself.

Like thousands of reporters, copy editors, photographers, page designers, and other newsroom employees, I now live in exile from journalism and watch from the sidelines as the newspaper business tries to re-invent itself in the digital era. The Tucson Citizen, one of the papers I wrote for, went extinct in May 2009, after 138 years of publication. The Rocky Mountain News in Denver, where I now live, suffered the same fate a few months before.

There's plenty I don't miss about being a newspaper reporter. I sat through enough interminable public hearings to last a lifetime. I earned enough gray hairs scrambling to meet daily deadlines and to get the story both first and right. And it never ...


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