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March 26, 2013

The Future of Local News— Why We Shouldn't Settle For Ad-Covered Wire Copy 

Look, it’s not fair to pick on a single media outlet. I respect the fact that journalists have been lucky enough to keep their jobs in Seattle — during a recession — despite all this. But, this is a potential microcosm of what could happen to newspapers around the country, and we need to talk about this before another flailing big paper tries something similar.

I see what’s happened to the P-I in the past few years, and I worry that this is the model that newspapers — slowly looking to put the genie back in the bottle — are going to have to rely on.

My posts the other night about this ad inspired a Medium rant. I was tough, but fair (I think). Enjoy. — Ernie @ SFB

9:45 // 1 year ago
January 17, 2013

buzzfeed:

Local news is the best.

Spent a good 10 minutes laughing at this lineup of images last night.

16:45 // 1 year ago
February 25, 2011
producermatthew:

The new look of NBC Local websites: NBC O&O stations were given a nifty little present Friday morning. The new NBC local websites (Chicago pictured above) have a cleaner layout, easier navigation and front-and-center content. The relaunch is designed to bring awareness to NBC’s new local content campaign, which includes The 20s. NBC owns local stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC and San Jose (serving the San Francisco Bay Area) as well as several other large markets.

This is very nice. I was just noting in a TBD-sorta-post-mortem that NBC O&O sites are really better at this kind of thing than anyone else, with TBD out of the picture.

producermatthew:

The new look of NBC Local websites: NBC O&O stations were given a nifty little present Friday morning. The new NBC local websites (Chicago pictured above) have a cleaner layout, easier navigation and front-and-center content. The relaunch is designed to bring awareness to NBC’s new local content campaign, which includes The 20s. NBC owns local stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC and San Jose (serving the San Francisco Bay Area) as well as several other large markets.

This is very nice. I was just noting in a TBD-sorta-post-mortem that NBC O&O sites are really better at this kind of thing than anyone else, with TBD out of the picture.

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2:28 // 3 years ago
February 23, 2011

She’s dead, Jim: Local news site TBD.com lays off most of its staff

  • before While Allbritton announced that they would be de-emphasizing the TBD brand, which was considered a future journalism model, they made it seem like there wouldn’t be any layoffs – just refocusing.
  • now TBD, a DC-based local news site, will now lose its sports and news coverage and become an entertainment site. Oh yeah, 12 people are getting laid off. So, yes, the TV guys did win. source

» A message to TBD’s staff: We hear you’ll be able to work on your publication for the next few weeks as its model changes – a temporary respite from unemployment. As someone who’s been in that position before, I can tell you it’s a bit of a dead-man-walking situation. Sigh. These things are never fun. Make the best of them.

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16:51 // 3 years ago
December 15, 2010

NYC TV meteorologist arrested for filing false rape report

  • accusing Heidi Jones, an on-air personality and meteorologist for WABC in New York City, claimed that she was sexually assaulted in Central Park, then ran into her alleged victim a couple months later.
  • recanting Jones, when questioned about the accusations by police, recanted her story and said she made it up. She was later arrested for filing a false report and has been suspended by her employer. source
20:54 // 3 years ago