Thursday, January 15, 2009

MediaWatch 15 January 09

On the way home from work today I heard that the Schenectady Gazette will be laying off anywhere from 16 to 30 people. The Times Union website was out of order all day long. That TU website is a favorite of mine, because they do so much in the way of updating it and the various blogs associated with it. As of 8:18pm, they have a wordpress blog that they're substituting for the regular site: " is experiencing technical difficulties that have forced us to scale down the site while repairs are under way. Here are the latest news stories." Hey, that's the fightin' spirit I like to see!

Great Job, TU! The Gazette used to charge a fee if you wanted to get into their website. It's free now, but that was a real bad stupid move in the first place. Some people claim newspapers haven't figured out how to make money off their websites. I say monetize, the same way bloggers do (NOT the way USA today does by forcing your computer to load some monster full-screen ad before you can read what you want to read) by adding AdSense or Google Ads or text-link ads or whatever you can, wherever you can.

The Boston Globe is cutting dozens of jobs in its newsroom. This afternoon, the paper announced on its web site that it "will offer buy-outs to all newsroom employees by the end of the month in an effort to cut as many as 50 jobs." Folks, I do believe we are going to see a blurring of the lines between the papers and blogs!

It's being called "Miracle on the Hudson" and that's exactly right! On Trans-Pacific flights the pilots usually brief passengers about the "water landing" but I just can't imagine lasting very long should a jumbo jet have to set down on the Ocean. I can see it now: I'd be out there on the wing as the plane was sinking; sharks nipping at my heels.

Newspapers and TV news ops have been having a tough time, it seems. Of course, when you have six-figure salaried reporters asking airline disaster survivors stupid questions like "did your feet get wet?" instead of ferreting out the PILOT who made the incredible water landing, well... here he is, on the right...

Photo credit: Janis Krums/Twitter More on the NY Jet River Incident from Michelle Malkin.

Radio people employed by Clear Channel continue to wait for a round of cuts that were supposed to have taken place earlier this month. Buzz is those cuts are coming next week. I guess we have to wait and see...

From the pages of the beleagured Boston Globe: Is this lawman your Facebook friend? Increasingly, investigators use social networking websites for police work... Meantime, Facebook has pulled the plug on one popular app... The Unspoken Peril for “Citizen Journalists” Surprise! You Owe the IRS Some Gift Tax!

Spicewriter (from Grenada) and Trinidad and Tobago News Blog both pay their respects to The Mighty Duke, described as “one of Calypso’s greatest icons.”

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