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IS PATRICK O’MALLEY THE OTHER SHOE…?

May 15th, 2008

Waayyy back on 30 June 2005 then Plain Dealer Editor Doug Clifton now infamously wrote: As I write this, two stories of profound importance languish in our hands. The public would be well served to know them, but both are based on documents leaked to us by people who would face deep trouble for having […]

ACTIONS ARE ALWAYS LOUDER THAN WORDS…

August 13th, 2006

On Friday, 14 July, Pee Dee tech writer Henry Gomez moved on. In his closing Tech Link blog post Henry wrote about his promotion: This doesn’t mean we’re going to ignore technology. Breaking news will be covered, for now on a by-committee basis. Since then there have been a total of zero posts. Guess nothing’s […]

DOUG CLIFTON TAKE NOTE…

March 14th, 2006

A few months ago Jill Miller-Zimon and a few other intrepid bloggers accepted an invitation from the Pee Dee to sit in on the morning story conference. It was a positive experience and, I hope, helped to build bridges between the two journalism communities. Now The Guardian is going one step better. (Via BuzzMachine.) Beginning […]

CONNIE SHULTZ TAKES A LOONNNGGGG VACATION…

February 16th, 2006

[Update — 0746 — Connie will be on WCPN between 0800 and 0900.] The only question here has to be: what took so long? In this morning’s Pee Dee Connie Shultz writes that she is taking an extended vacation because she can’t write anything without being accussed of shilling for her husband, senate canditate Sherrod […]

DECONSTRUCTING THE NEWSPAPER…

January 18th, 2006

Jeff Jarvis does an excellent job today of deconstructing the newspaper. With the swing of his internet scythe, Jarvis whacks out huge chunks of dead tree nonsense. Stock tables? Crashed. Critics? Panned. TV and movie listings? Canceled. Sports columinists? Out of here. Comics? Don’t make me laugh. Did your ox get gored? Good. What would […]

PROTO BLOGGER VS. CURMUDGON

December 22nd, 2005

Before blogs there were newsletters. The Cleveland journalist who produced the newsletter that everyone in power hated and read religiously has takes on the anti-blogger this week. Roldo Bartimole writes: Dick Feagler spewed out loathing and mockery wholesale at a new and growing outlet of information — blogging. Roldo is a perfect example of the […]

A BEJESUS TASK FORCE..

December 19th, 2005

That’s what Jeff Jarvis advocates this morning. I like the idea a lot. He wants a task force within every news organization consisting of its top reporters whose job it is to put Fear in the heart of every complacent publisher, editor and curmudgeon out there who thinks that everything is just fine, thank you […]

WORDS OF A MASTER…

December 17th, 2005

We’ve been obsessed with our Dick. But John Ettorre posts about a brief interview he once had with a Master: Mike Royko. John asked Royko why, even though he had two assistants, he answered his own phone. His answer, worthy of any Zen sensei: Because I’ve never been able to train someone to listen for […]

SOCIETAL, NO… QUALITY, SI…!

December 17th, 2005

Ted Porter via Wendy: Newspapers are not the victims of homicide but of suicide… They are killing themselves with clichéd writing, formulaic stories, hackneyed photographs and adherence to a self-destructive, journalistic form that emphasizes breadth of news coverage over depth. [They] don”t have a societal problem; they have a quality problem.

YOUR ONLY ASSET…?

December 16th, 2005

In the ongoing reporter/blogger scuffle, the Washingon Post’s ombudsperson writes about credential creep. The Post’s print reporters are upset that Dan Froomkin might be mistaken as a White House reporter and threaten, says national political editor John Harris, our only asset — our credibility — as objective news reporters. I fully agree that the most […]

TO BE DEBUNKED AND RIDICULED…

December 15th, 2005

Softball, the lovable Pee Dee mascot says I’ve been bad for all the piling-on I’ve been doing lately as regards newspapers in general and the Pee Dee in particular. I was taught it isn’t nice to kick someone when they’re down. So I’m going to stop. Really, I am. Hand to my heart, I won’t […]

I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO…

December 12th, 2005

I attempted to email Pee Dee Reader Representative Ted Diadun this evening to respond to his column in this morning’s paper. But, as you can see from the above, the cleveland.com system doesn’t like me for some reason. Anyway, here’s what I had to say to Ted about his idea of the superiority of newspapers: […]

SOFTBALL THE PD MASCOT WONDERS…

November 14th, 2005

What’s up with the Pee Dee’s fascination with god on Mondays? Has someone declared page one, above the fold sacred space? Or is it that no one is working on the Sunday writing real news so the paper just keeps a stash of Softball-worthy stories on tap? Softball wants to know when the pink and […]

SOFTBALL SAYS, I READ BLOGS FOR NEWS…!

November 7th, 2005

Over at Brewed Fresh Daily guest blogger Ron Copfer makes Softball the Pee Dee mascot smile by providing real news and analysis on the eve a major election in Cleveland. Copfer does a proper fisking of Mitch Schneider’s full-page ad in support of Mayor Jane Campbell in tomorrow’s election. Softball knows news.

MEET SOFTBALL, THE PD’S NEW MASCOT…

November 7th, 2005

The morning before Cleveland enters into an important mayoral election that will have a profound effect upon the region, our paper of record publishes the above front page. Not only is the page devoid of election coverage, I can’t find a single local hard news story anywhere on it. Thanks to Adam for the catch.

CHICKEN SHIT: DAY 40… SIGH…

August 17th, 2005

[It was enough for Noah, Moses and Jesus, but apparently not Plain Dealer Editor Doug Clifton. Forty days have passed since Clifton issued his stories-of-profound-importance whine. When I Googled +clifton +”plain dealer” +profound back on 13 July, I got 867 hits. The same search now returns only 648 hits as newspaper stories disappear behind archive […]

HOT SEAT/BACK SEAT…

July 31st, 2005

From the AJR (via BuzzMachine): Journalists are in the hot seat, their feet held to the flames by citizen bloggers who believe mainstream media are no more trustworthy than the politicians and corporations they cover, that journalists themselves have become too lazy, too cloistered, too self-righteous to be the watchdogs they once were…

CONSPIRACY OF THE COMPLACENT…

July 27th, 2005

As always, Roldo Bartimole discusses what no one else will: who were the people paying bribes to do business in Cleveland during the administration of Michael White, and where were the honest city employee, civic leaders and business people in all of this? Roldo tells us that the most tragic of all of is: …the […]

COULD THIS BE STORY NO. 2…?

July 27th, 2005

Does the second story that the Plain Dealer is working on have anything to do with Diebold, Blackwell and the Election of 2004? I took part in the hand-counting in the election, and so I get emails from those still digging for a full-picture of events before, during and after that election. Here’s the email […]

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