Tuesday, 27 January 2009

The Press

The beatings will continue...


Memo from the associate editor:

Another new companywide assessment category is Attitude.  Our attitudes influence our own behavior and performance, and also that of our colleagues’.  We believe positive attitude is crucial to our changing culture and all that must be accomplished for our company to be successful.

The new system uses a four-point scale to measure employees against the established expectations and goals.  We hope this moves us away from the letter-grade implication of our previous system-the incorrect impression that a "3'' equates to a "C,'' or average performance, which has contributed to a tendency toward grade inflation.
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In the comments:
Wondering ...
Posted by Michael Hill • 1/26/2009 2:03:17 PM

... how long H.L. Mencken would have lasted under such a regime.  Or Mike Royko for that matter...
3...2...1...
Posted by Sean Carr • 1/26/2009 1:01:50 PM

First they take away the coffee.  Then the copy editors.   Then the substance and the joi de vivé.  Actual journalism is also on the way out.

Now, the curmudgeons.  The last fun thing about working at a newspaper is going in 3...2...1...
I'm contractually forbidden from criticizing the Trib
Posted by Dave Wilson • 1/26/2009 8:15:05 AM

So let me just say it's the happiest place on Earth.
“Positive attitude,” huh?

What about, “I’m positive that things are really f*cked!”?


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Friday, 16 January 2009

The Press

Countdown at the P-I



Via: Ruth Holladay
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Saturday, 10 January 2009

The Press

Now this is just plain MEAN


Amusing though*.

Seattle Post Intelligencer Garage Sale

Date/Time
January 10 (Saturday), 0800
Location
Seattle Post Intelligencer 101 Elliot Ave W.
Sponsored by
Hearst Newspaper Co.

Seattle P-I Garage sale.  Time to clean out the garage before putting the property on the market...
Perpetrated by AoS moron “IllTemperedCur,” who “wins the entire internets.”  *Here’s a screenshot in case of disappearance.

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Friday, 09 January 2009

The Press

If you don’t read anything else about newspapers, read this.


Kenneth Anderson:



(I tried several times to write an introduction for this link, but none of my efforts satisfied me.  Since what’s important is that Anderson’s essay get wide circulation,  here’s the link with minimal explanation.  It is must-reading for anyone baffled about the way newspapers persist in alienating so many of their readers, and why newspaper companies seem hell-bent on committing suicide.  And it’s not just about the Times.)
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Sunday, 04 January 2009

The Press

It depends on how it fits the agenda


Seventy-seven percent of Americans believe that the U.S. media is making the economic situation worse by projecting fear into people's minds.

The majority of those surveyed feel that the financial press, by focusing on and embellishing negative news, is damaging consumer confidence and damping investment, making a difficult situation much worse.  The poll was conducted via telephone, December 4 - 7. - Opinion Research Corporation
Compare the last 6 years (or so) of unremitting (and largely unwarranted- until recently) doom-and-gloom economic coverage, against the press’ bend-over-backward efforts to avoid riling the American public after 9/11.

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