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Yes, journalists at W. Va. paper also work at a hotel. But they get free coffee

The Washington Post

On a recent reporting trip to West Virginia, The Washington Post’s Lee Powell made a stop by Sistersville to meet the staff of The INNformer, a hotel/newspaper run by staff/journalists.

While reporters fret over getting facts right and making deadlines, the staff at The INNformer has to worry about keys and keeping guests happy, too.

For U.S. print journalists, in an industry riven by layoffs and all manner of indignities (no pay during a furlough week! No more free newsroom coffee!), this may seem like a new low.

Instead, it is a bi-monthly miracle.

Powell reports how The INNformer came to be, and why, if you think about it, it’s a pretty good spot for journalists.

“When we’re here at the desk, we get to see everybody in town and everybody has got a story,” (Lea Ann) Butcher says. “They’re all saying, ‘Oh, I want you to write about this.’ ”

Staff also get food from the hotel’s kitchen and free coffee, Powell reports. Read more

from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1Bq7HRp

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