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Former Idaho Statesman Editor Speaks Out About Lack Of Newsroom Resources

Last week, Christina Lords turned down an offer from the publishing company McClatchy to return to her job as top editor at the Idaho Statesman. As Audrey Regan reports, McClatchy fired her after she advocated for newsroom resources on Twitter.

Lords’ now-deleted Tweet said“We’re now fighting with @mcclatchy IT to get excel added to an investigative reporter’s laptop. … At some point, this death by 1,000 cuts has to stop. Support your local newspapers, people. Get a digital subscription. This is genuinely what we are up against.”

McClatchy said in a statement last week that it has never terminated anyone’s employment because they were advocating for staff. It says it intends to hire a new editor in the next few weeks.

Audrey Regan is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Audrey is returning to their hometown of Boise after completing a year of national service with AmeriCorps St. Louis and graduating from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. During that time, Audrey worked for both their university's student newspaper and radio station, and now they're excited to fuse those skills and to reconnect with the Boise community along the way.

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