About those shorts in metro state

Dateline: Wed 24 Jun 2009

A source says,

"The shorties on page 2 of metro-state are edited for indystar.com first, then prepared for the newspaper.

"Within a couple of weeks they won't be edited, I suppose other than headline writing.

"Most of them come to the paper not thru reporters but readers who submit them (there is a name for this procedure, I can't recall it). 

"Thus in a couple weeks there can be stories that are someone's imagination, perhaps a return to Sir Osis of Liverpool fame. This should eliminate a paycheck or two, huh?"

Just in time for the rumored July 8 layoffs of another 4,500 people across G-land. Can anybody else comment on the above supposition? Of course, we all know that Gannett has shamelessly solicited readers to provide photos and content. Who needs reporters and photogs when readers are willing to contribute? As for what Gannett calls this, isn't it under the umbrella of "citizen journalism" or talk back or some such buzz word?

I also know that public relations releases were routinely thrown up on web pages without information always being verified.

No wonder good people are leaving.

 

Comments

John Howard [unverified] said:

I believe the reader-submission procedure for which you can't recall the name is either 'rumor mongering' or 'gossip.'

2009-06-24 16:40:37

ruthholl [Member] said:

I believe you are correct, Mr. Howard.
I looked at the shorties today; it says they are compiled from Star and news sources. That's code for whatever fits, we print.
But I am being harsh, and exaggerating to make a point, I suppose. I believe most of those items come off police blotters, PR releases, etc. I think the bigger point is the info is not necessarily being verified any longer, or will not be, as more bodies drop.

2009-06-25 06:30:08

Tom Greenacres [unverified] said:

The management title of at least one Gannett daily in Indiana is "Editor and General Manager." He involves himself in both editorial and advertising issues.

(Why not just call him Publisher? Because Gannett calls their newspaper "plants." And plants have GMS.)

2009-06-25 09:11:57

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