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Re: “We're Winners, Darn It

Hey, Jill, thanks for the kind words. Not so bad job yourself this weekend: Happy to be in such good company.

Posted by Shea on 05/05/2008 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Idaho in the NYT: Mesmerizing, Banal

Yeah, but I caught you snickering at it.

Posted by Shea on 02/18/2008 at 10:56 AM

Re: “The Nuclear Option

You're welcome for the mention. Thanks for a well-researched and informative blog. We can always use more obsessives like that.

Posted by Shea on 01/17/2008 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Not-So-Big News

James, thanks for the good thoughts. Journalists are the last ones to think about how to "market" themselves, rightfully so. They're just not trained that way, nor should they necessarily be expected to. But the people running the paper and selling it on the streets might be. ... As for a different funding method, I'm lately seeing lots more attention on the nonprofit corporation model, whether it's PBS or NPR, or smaller versions thereof. If you go up to the "search" toolbar up at the top right of our Web page and enter "nonprofit news" into that box, you'll find a couple of items we've published about it. Worth a look. ... Thanks for the good thoughts.

Posted by Shea on 11/28/2007 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Not-So-Big News

Great points. They're thinking about this over at the American Journalism Review, too. They just came out with this article, worth a read: .... ....It's got a bit of doom-and-gloom for local newspapers that might have thought they had a good niche online. An old editor of mine used to have a routine where he would page through a newspaper and describe the appeal of the Internet as he did so: "It's browse-able, you can read at your own pace, pick and choose your information, and it's got pictures."

Posted by Shea on 11/27/2007 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Not-So-Big News

Tom, thanks for the good comments. I agree, the delivery is the thing. I agree with you that writers are essential, and the more that dailies nurture, market and use those writers, the better. But I'm not ready to say that we can do away with regular beat reporting. In the end, although we can sit through hours of a city council meeting and feel like we've participated in democracy, we might not get what just happened. I'll always want a good reporter around who knows what to look for and can decipher the meaning from a meeting. In fact, the better ones know what a meeting has in store before it starts. Those will always be my favorite stories to write and to read. As for the demise of print, I'm just not ready to accept that, and not just because it suits my personal bottom line. I'm guessing that the thing itself will look different but is unlikely to disappear, because it's cheaper than a laptop or a Web-enabled phone, which so far are the only alternative delivery methods for a daily paper's product. As for your idea of taking the best reporters and asking them to write weekly ... well, my door is wide open to them.

Posted by Shea on 11/27/2007 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Falcon Tavern

Thanks for the note. Address and phone now included above. We'll make sure we put those online from now on. Thanks for reading, BW

Posted by Shea on 06/07/2007 at 2:19 PM

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