Ten days after we reported that the Anchorage Daily News was planning to close its Juneau bureau to save money, an editor now says that’s just a “rumor” and that the paper will cover the legislative session starting Jan. 20.
“There’s a rumor going around that the ADN is shutting down its Juneau bureau and will not cover the upcoming legislative session, the governor, her administration and the state government generally. This is not the case,” David Hulen, a Daily News editor, wrote on the paper’s Alaska Politics Blog late Wednesday afternoon.
Hulen says reporter Sean Cockerham will be based in Juneau during “most of the three-month session. We’ve been planning this for the past few weeks.”
That’s not what I originally heard from Daily News staffers, however.
They told me a couple weeks ago that the paper was planning to shut down the Juneau bureau. I posted a story Dec. 8 about the closure and other cutbacks at the Daily News and its parent company, Sacramento- based McClatchy.