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Friday, December 08, 2006


Our last class with Mr. Kennedy came and passed on Wednesday with the topic hinging on the hyper-local stories that Gannett's News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla. is now pushing. Naturally, localized journalism is definitely going to be a handy tool if newspapers wanna stay relevant in a digital age. However, it also opens the paper up to putting on a lot of fluff - especially if the managing editor's chewing out the newsroom for not putting something on the web in about three hours. Enter 'The Hunks of North Fort Myers' and other stuff that, for all intents and purposes, should probably stay in the weeklies and the bigger papers' community blotters.

But back to fluff. It's a nice word, isn't it. Fluff. Ha-ha, I'll say it again. Fluff.

Flufffluffflufffluffflufffluffflufffluffflufffluffflufffluffflufffluffflufffluffflufffluffflufffluffflufffluffflufffluff. Fluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuff!

Annoyed yet? You should be. And so am I (and that's not just because I typed that word in the double-digits). There's always gonna be some sort of 'soft news,' but as citizen journalism and hyper-local coverage become bigger, the newspapers are going to have to put a serious check on things to keep their legitimate reputations intact. If you MUST have fluff, why not set up a website like WickedLocal, but not fully integrated with the paper? Something like what's done with Page 2 for several years now. Good journalism should not have to be outnumbered by pap. Set some standards.

And don't be like Channel 7, who apparently don't mind making full-blown pieces on Christmas 'porn-aments' for the middle of an 11:00 p.m. newscast.

Oh wait...the internet video arm of Norfolk/Hampton Roads, Va.'s The Virginian-Pilot just did a piece on the same know what, frag this. I'll let you decide about fluff. I think I've lost my head here. Excuse me. I have a hankering for a sandwich with peanut butter and some marshmallow goop whose name I can't say for some reason anymore.


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  • The arm's length approach -- where the newspaper has its own site which it controls, and individuals have their own sites which they control -- has a lot to recommend it.

    The biggest advantage is that it offers the maximum freedom and control to both parties. Individuals don't have to worry about complying with the rules on the paper's website; and the paper doesn't have to worry about policing what's on their site.

    Aggregation (using the paper as a portal to live headlines from local blogs, for example) and quoting and linking from the newspaper's own site to external sites -- is, in my opinion, one decent strategy. Now, letting the community have some space on the newspaper's website has merits; no sense repeating them here, as I think you've heard them.

    But encouraging a blog ecosystem around the paper also raises the paper's Google rank, because now bloggers are linking to the paper. If everybody's blogging on the paper's site, that doesn't improve the site's overall page rank.

    In the end, everybody, in every medium, is going to be judged by their excellence or lack thereof.

    A successful strategy for wrapping an online community around the website of a news organization won’t succeed if it starts out with wrongheaded notions (people will flock to cover zoning meetings!) or prejudices (people have nothing to say worth hearing).

    By Blogger Lisa, at 9:27 PM  

  • Please look into... rodents running along the window sills in patients' rooms at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Geriatric Care Services 5th floor South, for example in Room 501 where there are 4 patients. Towels, linens and sanitary materials are kept on the window sills. Iatrogenic skin infections compromise patients healing, recovery and length of stay at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Geriatric Care Services.

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    skin infections compromise patients healing, recovery and length of stay at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Geriatric Care Services.

    . Please look into better control of rodents.

    . Rodents run along window sills of patients' rooms on the 5th floor South where towels, linens and other sanitary materials are stored.

    5th floor South Kitchen at Geriatric Care Services
    . There are rodent droppings in the kitchen at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Geriatric Care Services 5th floor South.

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    . Clean up of rodent droppings needs to be done so as not to spread the dried particulate from the droppings.

    Unsanitary vents. Window air conditioners.
    . Window air conditioners vents are laden with gunk, dirt, dust and other matter that is blowing into the interior air of patients rooms' environment.

    Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Geriatric Care Services
    170 Morton St 5th floor
    Boston MA 02130

    Hospital Main Entrance on
    Jewish War Veterans Drive
    near Cemetery Road

    Maps. Hospital Main Entrance.

    By Blogger the sak, at 7:44 AM  

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