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In today's Wheeling News Register, Ogden rebrands their advertising rate cut as a “grant” then looks for praise for what is simply a business necessity (with 3/30 update)

In tough economic times, businesses frequently cut prices in order to survive – so why is Ogden’s actions front-page news?

Not just in the Ohio Valley, but just about everywhere -- the pandemic has closed most local businesses. As a result, local newspapers, which depend primarily on local businesses for most of their revenue, are hurting badly. (For examples, see NPR’s recent coverage.) Our local Ogden papers are no exception. For instance, last Monday’s . . .

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March 29, 2020

Keeping us informed

Monday’s front-page news at the Wheeling Intelligencer

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Answer

Yes, long-time readers of this blog and the Wheeling Intelligencer knew without looking. Of course, it was d.

Answer a can be found on page 2.

Answer b can be found on page 3.

Answer c can be found on page 6.

What other important stories can be found on this morning's front . . .

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March 23, 2020

The answer: three old PR releases, one AP story and at least one picture of bridge construction

The question: what do we usually find on the Wheeling Intelligencer's front page on Monday?

As is often the case on Mondays, today's Wheeling Intelligencer front page contain little news especially if you believe that a news story ought to be current and relevant. Today’s front page features four stories -- only one of which meets both of those standards. (It's an AP story on the House impeachment inquiry.)

Here are . . .

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December 02, 2019

Is this really a Wheeling “newspaper”?

Maybe it’s time to switch the quotation marks

Another day and two more irrelevant Ohio editorials for the readers of Ogden’s local West Virginia “newspapers”

The first of today's Wheeling Intelligencer editorials is about juvenile crime in Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio. Neither Wheeling nor West Virginia is mentioned in the editorial. (Steubenville is 29.4 miles . . .

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September 24, 2019

More "newspapers on the cheap" from the Wheeling Intelligencer: today’s Wheeling Intelligencer features some borrowing and “borrowing” from others to fill-up its paper

An editorial about local sewage from another Ogden paper 29 miles away and more plagiarism from one its columnists

Today’s Wheeling Intelligencer lead editorial begins by asking:

Does Weirton need to double the capacity of its water treatment plant and triple that of the sewage treatment facility?

To answer the question: I don’t care. Perhaps if I lived in Weirton, this might be an important question. I don’t and there is . . .

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September 19, 2019

Newspapers on the cheap (the saga continues)

More examples of how Bob Nutting makes money in the newspaper business: a front-page non-story about an Ogden-favored candidate and two irrelevant editorials from Ogden’s Steubenville paper

(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 . . .

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September 03, 2019

“Newspapers and baseball on the cheap” – an update

Another look at Bob Nutting’s similar business models for his newspaper chain and baseball team

Early last year, I wrote here and here about the similarities between how Robert Nutting runs his newspaper chain (Ogden) and his baseball team (the Pittsburgh Pirates).

Here’s some of the important elements of the newspaper’s business model as I described them in my first post:

  • 1. Minimize costs by cutting workers, . . .

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August 20, 2019

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