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I passed by a co-workers desk last night, and the May 2008 Editor and Publisher stopped me so fast I flew over my proverbial handle bars.

There, on the cover.... was.... no, I'm too excited to type it.... there was a REPORTER WITH ALL HIS REPORTER STUFF RIDING A BIKE TO A FIRE (or crash, or something.) Ok, caaaalmmm down Leslie. It was, after all, a photo illustration.

But in a story about mobile journalism, one featured reporter with The Oregonian RIDES HIS BIKE TO ASSIGNMENTS. (Unless they're out of town or something.) One of my very few gripes about reporting is this is something that always seems impractical.

But who knows? At the intersection of record-high gas prices and slashing newspaper budgets, could this be a practical -- and awesome -- new trend?

Editors?

Leslie