Ogden's "newspapers on the cheap" business plan appears to have left us with a new low in actual news
If you think news should be current and important, don’t bother with the front section of today’s Wheeling News-Register (called with unintended irony, the “news” section). For the most part, the eight-page section includes dated PR releases, rewritten old articles, lots of near life-size pictures, and huge ads – but very little news.. . .
No, there is no wall at Ogden
An increasingly important topic for media ethicists is the wall that should exist between news content and advertising; specifically, the important principle that the advertising side of a medium does not influence the editorial side. For Ogden, there’s not much wall – especially when the advertiser is Ogden itself.
Last year, for . . .
In just the last week, President Trump asserted the absolute right to pardon himself:
As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats . . .
Two recent stories that didn’t make the local “newspapers”
Ogden buys Ogden (UT) newspaper and then lays off 29 employees
From the Associated Press on Saturday:
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Standard-Examiner newspaper has let go of 29 employees as it undergoes a transfer to new ownership.
The northern Utah newspaper reports that the employees were told Thursday their positions . . .
Instead, Ogden Newspapers buys Virginia newspaper chain
From WV Metro News earlier today:
Ogden Newspapers is out as a bidder for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, leaving Huntington’s Herald-Dispatch as the apparent new owner of West Virginia’s Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. . . .
Ogden, which owns newspapers in several West Virginia cities, had been considered the stalking horse, . . .
And the Wheeling News-Register can only tell us that there are "plenty of reasons" while ignoring the obvious one
From the editorial* in Wednesday’s Wheeling News-Register:
Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued this week. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
This is yet another opinion piece that ignores . . .
The Washington Post's coverage and a petition
The Washington Post is just up with an excellent article about the likely sale of the Charleston Gazette-Mail to Ogden Newspapers:
A West Virginia newspaper is in bankruptcy. The powerful coal industry celebrates.
The article by Steven Mufson begins with the coal head mocking G-M reporter Ken Ward that I wrote . . .