Posts Tagged: Newspapers
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"Some Experts Say"

A wonderful example of the dying art of "newspaper objectivity." Gosh, it's a conflict! Some people think that staring at a screen instead of the road while driving might be less safe; some other people think that the number of accidents won't change if your state outlaws texting and emailing while driving. Thankfully we have been presented with both opinions and can now just sit here in silence.

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Man's Screed About Internet Stupidity Mocked on Internet

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Important Editor: I Hate The Internet But Love Trolling. What Do You Think?less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplySeth Colter Wallssethcolterwalls

"He just rolled up and trolled. He went into a venue where people have elected to be, and told everyone that their presence there makes them stupid. He then laments that he did not receive more positive responses from within that [...]

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Tech Micro-Boom 2.0 Comes to Quincy, CA

Five years ago, according to the editor of the Quincy Valley Post Register, the town went a bit crazy in a near-shoring boom. Microsoft and Yahoo! both were building data centers in town (hey, eastern California is much closer than Utah, America's favorite near-shoring zone (Mormons are so honest and industrious!)) and property values went up and everyone got a little nuts: "We all know what happened. The construction workers eventually left town, the data centers didn’t bring thousands of new people to live in Quincy and we’re still waiting for a movie theater," he writes. "And sadly, I know of several people who were busted when the [...]

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The Best Newspaper Staff Game in Town

There is something going on that is totally awesome but that none of us will ever really know how it ends, and so it is also sad. New Observer editor Elizabeth Spiers not long ago assigned her staff to report profiles of a coworker, as an exercise (or as an evaluation?) and many people there are taking it dead serious, which is great. Like, people are asking their coworkers about finances and grilling their friends and acquaintances and basically calling up their parents. And reading everything they've ever written. This has the opportunity to tear the office apart and/or unite it! Or both, and likely in a good way! So [...]

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Have Editors and Writers Always Hated Each Other?

After publishing Richard Morgan's account of his life as a freelance writer, we heard from someone who'd been both a freelance writer and an editor at a major newspaper. "Was there a time, a long time ago, when editors and writers weren't at war with one another?" he asked. Although one would think a congenial relationship between the two would lead to clearer and more cohesive writing, writers and editors do indeed seem to be locked in perpetual conflict. How did we reach such levels of animosity? I looked to the historical record.

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All Your Complaints About the 'Times'? They're 100 Years Old

I was shocked that a huge number of people were so quick to mock the New York Times for the paper's suggestion that, hey, maybe its writers should wait more than six months after the invention of a new, trendy term to start casually using it in the newspaper. Are people in the year 2020 or 2050 really going to know what the word 'Tweet' means? Who knows? This "stodginess" is just one of the top common complaints about the Times. So we've taken a long look back at the paper in 1910 and 1911, and found pretty much everything there that people complain about now: it's beholden [...]

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The 'Wall Street Journal': Now Worth 38 Cents

In 2002, the Wall Street Journal was $189 a month. (That's because you got it at your desk and your company paid for it.) It's never been that expensive on the newsstand, at least-though they raised their newsstand price from $1 to $1.50 in July, 2007. It charges $2 a week-or $1, for subscribers-to read the paper on mobile devices. Or, in this new wonderful era, you could get all six issues delivered each week, for $9.99 a month. For, you know, basically 38 cents an issue.

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What Replaces Newspapers (Literally)

"Genting"—the world's largest purveyors of casinos, cruises, biotech and plantations—"has revealed its plans for the giant resort complex they plan to plop down on the current site of the Miami Herald building."

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From Local Crime Report, "A Portrait Emerges"¹

Do you know what the McKenzie River Reflections weekly paper has, besides the delight of being located in McKenzie Bridge, some ways inland from Eugene, OR, right in the middle of the Willamette National Forest? Yup, a really awesome crime blotter. April 7: 9:27 AM: Suspicious Conditions ­ 55000 block, McK. Hwy. Complainant is upset because a female put a flyer in his mailbox. Caller is unsure if she tampered with his mail but is worried because he is expecting a tax refund. Citizen self report.

Heh. Also really good: "Caller reports hearing someone shooting guns in the air. The noise is upsetting caller's dogs." We all [...]

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Citizen: Big Government is Taxing Our Texas Dogs!

The Malakoff News serves (part of) Henderson County—county seat, Athens, Texas—overall home to almost 90,000 28,000 households. And just like the fictional town of Dillon, Texas, Henderson, if those fatcats in the Texas House have their way, will be redistricted into two districts. Henderson, says the paper, is the only county in the state to be butchered up in such a fashion, and the locals are ticked off. Then the robocalls started, blaming their (Republican) state representative for it all, and asking citizens to call him up. Unfortunately, the freshman is actually not on the redistricting committee. Meanwhile, closer to Malakoff? They are trying to [...]

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Big Newspaper Just Dying on the Internet

"The number one video on MiamiHerald.com last year got about 26,000 views and was a feature on how to handle frozen iguanas." —That comes from this tribute to the success of the Miami Herald in doing original web video. I don't even know what to say about this! You make a video about handling frozen iguanas—an Internet sweet spot if there ever was one!—and you can't get more than 26,000 views? Well, things are not great: coverage of the earthquake in Haiti "doubled MiamiHerald.com’s total monthly traffic to 1 million hits last January…. The site’s videos generated 7.5 million hits altogether last year." Well. God bless them for [...]

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Ambitious, Difficult Women: They May Or May Not Be Pretty, Sleeping With Someone At Work

Last week, the New York Observer published a revelatory article about Gerry Marzorati's departure from the Times magazine. Staffers at the magazine indicated that Marzorati's recurrent promotions of an editor named Megan Liberman might have precipitated both their and his ultimate leave-taking. Described as Marzorati's "extremely close confidante" and "very close ally," Liberman's privileged position was viewed with suspicion or antipathy by the magazine's staff.

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'Miami Herald' Building Covered In Giant 'Toy Story 3' Ad

Not only does the Miami Herald employ government-paid anti-Castro operatives (well, really!), it's also now an bonafide arm of the Disney World Propaganda Ministries. This photo, sent in by this morning one of our local operatives, shows the full glory of the enormous Toy Story 3 advertisement that adorns the gorgeous Miami Herald building. Well, it's a business model. (We're not adverse to billboards on our own headquarters, by the way! Inquire within!)

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What Do You Wish For Most?

Sometimes people wish for things to come true.

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Horrible 'Times' Spam Farm Gets What It Deserves

About.com, the content farm owned by the Times and one of the worst things on the Internet, looks like it's finally in trouble, due in large part to Google taking action against the Garbagenet. (These outfits depend on search results.) And also: advertisers realizing there are better ways to spend money than advertising against an empty void. In the second quarter of this year, About.com shed staff and now their real operating costs are $13.1 million; their operating profit is down 24% from last year, to $11.6 million. (That's less than $4 million a month.) To be fair, this is still a "real business": The About Group had [...]

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Edgewood, New Mexico Joins in America's Fight Against Skittling

Edgewood, New Mexico—30 miles east of Albuquerque—has a skittling problem. Yes. So to combat this epidemic of pill-popping, they participated in the national drug take-back program, according to their weekly paper, The Independent. You can just go down to the pharmacy and give them your pills! I have no idea why someone would do this. At least gun amnesty programs get scary illegal things out of your house. But pill amnesty programs just take away your fun pills! I don't really get it?

Elsewhere in the Independent, there are jobs available for sheep herders. You live in "an isolated camp/bunkhouse," are on-call 24-hours a day, and you get [...]

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Brit Tourists Die Daily: The 'Daily Mail' Monster Business Model

The internet is agog with the news that the Daily Mail gets more traffic than the Huffington Post—some 40 million uniques in a month now. (This is sort of like saying that bacon "gets more traffic" than sausages, in a way: people just like breakfasts meats, just as they adore celebrity nipples.) The Daily Mail, unlike the HuffPo, also sells 1.9 million newspapers a day—astounding numbers to American newspaperpeople. (That's extremely close to the total daily circulation of the Washington Post plus the LA Times plus the New York Times. For real.) Still, almost 2/3rds of their web traffic is from outside of the UK. Their secret [...]

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If Everyone Wants Micropayment So Bad, Why Doesn't It Exist?

"The well-staffed offices, the air of self-conscious seriousness shading into pomposity, the tendency to file what from a British point of view always seemed several hundred words too much—all these features of American papers were underpinned by the easy money of monopoly-based classified advertising." Here is a fascinating lengthy analysis of the financial matters of British and English newspapers which ends in… a call for a universal micropayment system for news consumers. This is my problem with journalists basically? In the time it took to research and edit this story, everyone involved could have partnered with two good engineers and BUILT AND LAUNCHED A UNIVERSAL MICROPAYMENT SYSTEM. (And then [...]

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Newspaper Goes Plastic

"Have you got eight quarters in your pocket right now? I rest my case." — Wall Street Journal circulation VP Ian Johnson makes the case for credit-card readers on newspaper vending machines, shows that he is professionally unconcerned with the "people who live in urban areas and have to use coin-operated laundry machines" demographic.

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Economist Edward Hugh Gets Iced by Bro York Times

Icing gets the major media treatment in the Times, and the paper comes up with an even less-assertive take on icing probably not being a advertiser-run phenomena than ours of May 26. This is funny but only for two reasons: one, because the story originated at the advertising desk of the Business Section of the Times and yet it is apparently not about advertising at all. (OR IS IT!) Also funny because the story only made it to page B3. They couldn't bring themselves to front it-B1 had to make room for, among other things, "The Blog Prophet of Euro Zone Doom," which is a very [...]