And she says she’s not bitter. Check it out at Ketzel Uprooted.
As Amy noted here, Levine, who does significant garden and plant-related coverage as well as other assignments, fell victim to recent NPR cutbacks. She did her last broadcast yesterday. It was about the gutsy Chicago landscaping firm that created Millennium Park.
Though public radio programming is as popular as ever, the underwriting from the financial and automotive sectors just isn’t as plentiful as it used to be. And, as Amy also notes, where else should they look to cut but their coverage of plants? After all, in these days of climate change and worries about the future of the planet, how important could plant coverage be? You tell me.
As someone rooted in an even older media than radio—print journalism—I can see the demise of my profession coming down the road as surely and certainly as Levine may have—just not right now, and maybe not for a few decades. She has a blog now, just as I and a whole lot of other gardeners do. But are blogs an adequate substitute for established media outlets that actually pay their reporters? I’d say no, though I think they’re an important and necessary adjunct to traditional journalism. In the world of gardening, blogs have broken through the seasonal advice barrier to enable honest and often provocative discussions of things gardeners really care about. But that doesn’t mean I’m ready to accept losing garden coverage in traditional media. Levine says in her most recent blog post: I’m open for business, grateful for the company and am ready to entertain, but she quickly adds: (Resume available on request.)
Will this lay-off accompany the loss of regional garden columnists in local newspapers everywhere?