By now the news of the layoffs at The Hartford Courant has begun to circulate.
Having more reporters covering the capitol makes us all better. We all don’t write the same stories and a piece by one journalist in the Courant or another paper might inspire me to explore the same issue in lower Fairfield County or might spark a completely different idea for an enterprise piece.
And the same thing can happen when we all show up at press conferences. We ask different questions and sometimes force lawmakers to clarify or actually answer something posed by a colleague. One question can result in five follow-up questions.
Fewer reporters means less coverage. Period. It’s disgraceful.