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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

Our local media are failing us

Last Friday's Wheeling Hospital story is just one more example

The Wheeling Hospital lawsuit

Last Friday, the United States Department of Justice joined a lawsuit against Wheeling Hospital. The story broke early in the day and the local TV stations carried the announcement on their evening newscasts. On Saturday, the Wheeling Intelligencer provided a short summary as well as the denials from a . . .

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December 26, 2018

I guess "no news is good news"

A look at Monday's front page in search of something newsworthy

With the exception of a sports page editor, apparently no one works at the Intelligencer on weekends. This morning's Wheeling "newspaper" had the following four stories on the front page:

Justice Remembers Wheeling's Place in His Company's History

The WV governor visited Wheeling last . . .

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December 03, 2018

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