The Report As Dumped
I didn't plan to blog today. My "Christmas Post" went up yesterday. Families get together on Christmas Day. That is what happens.
However, yesterday, during the magical time of Christmas Eve....we had a major News Dump about the huge financial effects of closing Vermont Yankee. "News Dump" is the technical term for releasing news at a time when it may be hard for reporters to cover it, and where it may just (hopefully) sink into oblivion at a time when few people are paying attention to the news. At least, sinking-out-of-sight is the purpose of a news dump.
Vermont Digger (praise them!) was Johnny-on-the Spot cover the story. Thank you, Digger! Thank you, John Herrick!
Here's the Digger link: UMass-Dartmouth Report Details Impact of Vermont Yankee Closing. Within that link, there's a link to the report itself. From the Herrick article:
"Regional economic development planning officials say the closure will cost more than 1,100 related jobs and $480 million in economic activity in the region."
The press release about the report called the results "stark." A good word choice.
Pat Bradley at WAMC
Although Pat Bradley's radio commentary on Vermont Yankee's closing was broadcast on Christmas Eve, it wasn't a news dump. Radio goes on all the time. A radio show is not the timed release of a major document. It's just another radio show. Also, businesses and institutions practice News Dumping, while reporters simply practice reporting.
And here's the link to that show. I am one of the interviewees. Vermont Yankee to Shut Down Permanently On Monday. And here's part of my quote on that show:
Ethan Allen Institute Energy Education Project Director Meredith Angwin has supported continued operation of the plant. “The plant is in beautiful shape. It has high ratings from the NRC. It has great labor relations. It is a really wonderful plant with a lot of wonderful people, many of whom are being hurt one way or another.”