Seattle Times chief political reporter David Postman is leaving the paper, and journalism, to take a “media relations” job with Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Inc. Huh. With so many journalists leaving the industry to take media relations jobs, pretty soon there won’t be any media left to have relations with.
Postman says he’ll have more on this later, and so will I, but as I mentioned on last night’s podcast I find the relatively sudden implosion of our state’s political media to be depressing and distressing. Postman should have been in Denver and St. Paul covering the conventions, instead of sitting at home blogging on the bloggers and sending out his resume. I’m not sure how the Times thinks it can stem its steadily declining revenues by producing less and less quality, original content… but they seem intent on trying.
Anyway, Postman may not believe it but I’ve always respected him and always thought he was one of the best in the business. (His editorial board, not so much.) He’ll be missed.