That big Page 1 story

Dateline: Fri 21 Mar 2014

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2014/03/19/welcome-spring-what-shall-you-bring/6629975/

A friend emailed yesterday with the piercing observation:

"If it wasnt bad enough that the front page of the Star featured what was essentially a weather report, it had 4 (FOUR!) names on the byline."

The story contained two outlooks (allergies and crops), the impact (yard), the possibilities (drought) the forecast and the penetrating query: what to do about bugs?

This is truly silly season, when four reporters are wasting time and effort on weather predictions. And the story is Page 1?

Fie fie fie.



 


Comments

Paul K. Ogden [unverified] said:

They routinely put homes that are for sale on the front page of Indystar.com with "articles" about the home written by Indy Star writers.

2014-03-21 10:10:49

hendy [Member] said:

If it weren't so capital-intensive, someone could come in and clean clock. The Internet will do it one day.

For now, one shakes one's head and moves on.

2014-03-21 12:04:54

Duke Young [unverified] said:

I stopped paying for the Star a year ago, but I still look at their website headlines daily - avoiding the pay wall.
The last two days they have featured "news" stories about the opening of a sporting goods store in Carmel. It looks like they are now into the business of publishing press releases.

2014-03-21 13:41:13

Jane [unverified] said:

"Thirty years ago, there was only one newspaper in Indianapolis....you could buy one ad and have a crowd in your store on Saturday...reporters came in to the office between 7 & 8, wrote a story, turned it in and went home around 7." Statements made by Karen Crotchfield last week.
I was furious. More than 30 years in media relations, PR...and I know that 30 years ago I worked with TWO Indy newspapers; I never bought just one ad - if I didn't have enough money to buy a Star/News placement plan combo for our advertising I found another outlet to reach the audience, and when a Star or News reporter called, I would be facing the toughtest, best prepared reporter of all the media outlets. I never knew a reporter who kept such limited hours.
Her mis-characterizations of real life in the Pulliam days was an accurate reflection of today's leadership.
And when she asked the audience if we would prefer sharp and catchy graphic design or correct spelling, at least 99% of the hands went up in favor of correct spelling. Her response? "It's a matter of allocating resources."
So, to the "old" Star team, know that many of us recognize your excellence and integrity...and we miss it!

2014-03-24 08:18:48

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