(I most recently wrote about Nutting's "newspapers on the cheap" business model here.)
Breaking: Joanna Tabit continues to run for office
The front page of this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer tells us that “Tabit to Try Again For Supreme Court.” In May of this year, Chief Kanawha Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit filed the paperwork and announced that she was running for the West Virginia Supreme Court. Today's article has little on no news value: nothing has changed since May (she’s still running) meaning that this easy-to-write article could run anytime space was needed to be filled. As an added advantage, it also gets publicity for what appears to be an Ogden-favored candidate. (Editor Mike Myer wrote a column last month that began “Bet on Joanna Tabit.”)
A tattoo parlor and a bias charge: I’ll take “irrelevant editorials for $400,” Alex
Today’s paper also features two editorials specifically about Jefferson County, Ohio – a 45-minute drive from Wheeling and an area served by its own Ogden newspaper (where these editorials likely originated). The editorials are about a license for a Wintersville tattoo parlor and a bias charge against the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority. I do not see how either of these editorials could have any value for a Wheeling-area resident. They do fill up space, however, and that's why they were published.