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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

Our local editor tells us that he’s “been the little newspaper editor who cried wolf” on the coronavirus

Has he been? A look at the Wheeling Intelligencer’s coverage of the coronavirus

Saturday’s column by Ogden’s local editor, Mike Myer, is about pandemics and how quickly they can spread. Early in “COVID-19 Is Deadly Wakeup Call,” Myer explains that this is the reason why he is so concerned:

Well, how quickly can a benign virus, unable to even penetrate human cells, develop that ability? As little as two . . .

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March 23, 2020

Trump simply cannot move on

He just escalated his fight with WV's Joe Manchin -- one of few Democrats that have supported him

According to FiveThirtyEight, West Virginia's Joe Manchin leads all active Democrat senators in voting President Trump's way. Despite this, Trump criticized Manchin yesterday morning (see my last post). Not willing (or, more likely, unable) to stop, Trump continued his attack on Manchin last night:

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February 09, 2020

Mitt Romney

Some different points of view of the Republican senator

Donald Trump

Today, just after midnight:

Later, at the . . .

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February 06, 2020

How well do newspapers cover stories that affect their bottom line?

On the posting of public legal notices: Surprise, surprise! Not very well

On page 10 of this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer is a story by Ogden’s political reporter, Steven Allen Adams. The story

West Virginia Press Association: Public Notice Change Would Lead to Less Transparency

details some of the debate surrounding a House bill that the Judiciary Committee eventually sent to a . . .

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January 28, 2020

Keeping us informed as only Ogden papers can

Can’t have enough pictures of bridge work!

Looking for President Trump

If you get a chance, take a look at the front page of today's major American newspapers featured at Kiosko. You’ll notice that stories that deal with Trump and impeachment dominate those pages. On the other hand, at the end of the first week of the House investigation into the Trump presidency, our . . .

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November 15, 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

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