Sneak Peek: Media censorship, Paul McCartney, gifts for 2020, mudslinging, Zags, Back to Business and more!

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HIGHLIGHTS
This week we’re spotlighting 10 important national stories that were underreported by the mainstream media. We’re publishing the list in partnership with PROJECT CENSORED, which since 1976 has issued an annual report of the “news that didn’t make the news.” As with all lists, it invites second-guessing and debate. But what is not debatable is the crisis facing journalism in America: U.S. newspapers have cut tens of thousands of jobs — shedding half their newsroom employees since 2008. And that was before the pandemic hit.

So far this year, 16,000 newsroom jobs have vanished. Poof, gone, and now we have 16,000 fewer people attending government meetings, poring over budgets, asking questions and demanding answers from people who’d prefer no one was looking. So, this week, of all weeks, we’ll be thinking about them and about a broader concept of “censorship,” one that is less about mustache-twirling corporate fat cats and more about all the stories that go untold when newsrooms go dark.

Here in the Inland Northwest, we’re pretty lucky, certainly better off than the 1,800 communities in America that are now considered “news deserts.” But we should take nothing for granted. Protect the news outlets you rely on; to learn how you can support our reporters and editors, visit Inlander.com/insiders. Hopefully, this much we can all agree on: No news is very, very bad news for everyone. 

Also this week:

  • BACK TO BUSINESS, VOLUME 6: Inside this week’s paper you’ll find a 48-page Back to Business guide; this particular volume highlights Spokane County’s arts and culture businesses and organizations and how you can continue to support them during the pandemic. (Read more about the Back to Business campaign here.)
  • THE FOURTH COMMISSIONER: State Rep. Marcus Riccelli keeps remaking Spokane County’s governing bodies — and raising the ire of Commissioner Al French.
  • WINGSPAN: Paul McCartney is releasing his 25th solo album, so we’re ranking his post-Beatles career highlights.
  • HOT TREATS: Hot cocoa bombs, markets move outdoors, and restaurants take it outside with heated patios.
  • GIFT GUIDE: What to give people this year.

THE ROOT OF CREATIVITY
Chef Josh Lorenzen of RÜT elevates a humble root vegetable to rock star status. MORE

HOLDING STEADY
Washington state’s bans on indoor gatherings and indoor dining will remain in place for an additional three weeks. MORE

CURVE BALLS
The coronavirus is already playing havoc with Gonzaga's season less than two weeks in. MORE

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE...
Which produces a stronger immune response: a natural infection or a vaccine? MORE

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 13
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About The Author

Jacob H. Fries

Jacob H. Fries is the editor of the Inlander. In that position, he oversees editorial coverage of the paper and occasionally contributes his own writing. Before joining the paper, he wrote for numerous publications, including the Tampa Bay Times, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. He grew up in Spokane Valley...