Today's Commentary page column:
Two more journalists were killed in Iraq Monday.
Another reporter, CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier, was critically injured in the attack that killed her colleagues.
The Iraq war has been one of the deadliest for journalists since World War II. At least 71 reporters, photographers and other news staff have been killed since the war began in 2003. They were doing the important and often unappreciated work of bearing witness to the war, reporting the facts and conveying the truth as best we know it in words and images.
They put their lives on the line to report to the world and explain this critical moment in history.
A JOB WELL DONE: Today's the last day of work for one of the Post-Bulletin's most-travelled and best-known employees -- Becky Isaacs, who has led our Newspaper in Education program for 16 years.
Becky didn't just lead our NIE program, she invented it, with much help from former Executive Editor Bob Retzlaff, other P-B staff, area teachers and community supporters.
The Newspaper in Education program arranges for newspapers to be distributed in classrooms all over southeastern Minnesota. This year, we’ll distribute about 300,000 NIE papers to help students learn more and care more about local, national and world events.
Becky, as a former teacher, has an insider's awareness of what makes the paper essential reading in the classroom. She created programs such as Pigskin Geography and the annual Design an Ad contest that Rochester area students have enjoyed for years, and among many other things, she coordinates the P-B’s Teacher of the Month program.
Becky’s moving on to enjoy life with her family at a somewhat slower pace, and we’ll have to work hard to find a new NIE coordinator who can match her passion for the great value of newspapers in education.
Jay Furst is the Post-Bulletin’s managing editor and he writes this column every Wednesday. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 6118, Rochester, MN 55904. Also check out the Furst Draft blog at www.postbulletin.com.