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Monday, April 20, 2009

Another Good Reporter Gone

Rapid City Journal reporter Scott Aust has been fired. That's too bad. Scott is a solid meetings reporter and a good writer.

I'm not going to second-guess Journal management's decision because I didn't work with Scott. But, he made some of the most boring material in the world interesting reading. And the Journal will be hard-pressed to find a good replacement.

In the meantime, I'll wish Scott the best and hope he lands squarely on his feet.


Anonymous said...

But Miller's coming back!

Michael Sanborn said...

Steve Miller's return to the Journal would be most welcome. He's a damned fine writer and a damned fine reporter.

Let's hope they make the best use of my neighbor's skills.

Dan Daly said...

For what it's worth:

Scott Aust is a good reporter who was trying to hold down two or three meeting-heavy beats. (I think in recent months they took some of that off his plate.)

His copy was clear, fair and entirely readable. Even on deadline he managed to get it right.

Scott's a bit of a Clark Kent, so he didn't push real hard. And when you spend all your time in meetings, it doesn't leave a lot of room for enterprise. I think they wanted more enterprise. His predecessor had some of the same problems.

By the way, Steve is indeed returning to the RCJ. I think he's gong to be covering agriculture.

That's good news for the Journal.

Michael Sanborn said...

I'm not sure what the reasoning was, and it's not up to me to second-guess the editor. Scott's a good reporter and very capable writer. He'll be missed.

Haven't had the chance to talk with neighbor Steve. But I look forward to seeing his byline.