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David Staats: Watch for more watchdog, people-in-the-economy stories

The Statesman’s newsroom is evolving, affecting many of our jobs. Among the changes are two that will affect me and you.

The first is a subtle shift in our business and economic coverage. In the coming year, we will step up stories about Treasure Valley people striving to survive and thrive in today’s economy. In business profiles, we aim to focus more heavily on the owners’ experiences in creating and sustaining their enterprises. We’re also interested in telling stories about people’s struggles to find jobs or change careers, to make a living, to adapt to changing markets and technology.

The second is a sharper focus on watchdog and investigative reporting on both government and business.

Some stories will be fast responses to tips or news. One example is Cynthia Sewell’s Oct. 19 report on problems in Ada County Treasurer Vicki McIntyre’s office that led all three county commissioners to sign a letter asking McIntyre to shape up.

Other stories will be deeper, more time-consuming, original and exclusive investigations of problems or conditions you should know about. One example is Kyle’s and Audrey Dutton’s recent reports on a Boise jet-boat maker who left town with thousands of dollars of customers’ advance payments for boats he never built.

Research shows our readers want stories like these. We want to tell them. We welcome your ideas.