Sunday, November 2, 2008

Kansas City Star web site publishing stale news stories

Below I noted the Kansas City Star website published on its web site a news story that was two weeks old.

I just came across another one.

On November 2, the KC Star web site published this article by Steven Thomma: Ipsos/McClatchy debate poll: McCain improved, Obama won.

This article is on the final McCain Obama debate. It was published on McClatchy's web site more than 2 weeks ago.

What's going on here? Who is posting these old news stories, somebody in Kansas City? Somebody in India?

A commenter says all McClatchy papers have the ability to post stories from the DC bureau any time they want to... but it seems really dumb to post stories that are 2 weeks old.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

News, my friend, is not like fine wine.

McClatchy Watch said...

Heh.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I thought that story was stale. Nice to see someone is watching.

Anonymous said...

Of course, it depends on the story. Some are more evergreen than others.

Anonymous said...

Since the stories are 2 weeks old do we get a discounted rate on the price of the paper? Really I can't believe that anybody can try and justify that kind of reporting.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, this is the type of thing that happens when staff is cut down to a shoestring. I can't speak to this situation in particular, but at the McClatchy paper I was working at, the poor copy editors were so overloaded after losing people through attrition and the buyout, that big chunks just started falling through the cracks.

Anonymous said...

3:54 Hit the nail on the head. I guess all the part-time temps their hiring aren't worth the money their being paid. Oh, and don't forget the ad for readers to write stories and post them on the web site. Remember they can't pay them but offer them a place in the digital world. Mabe it was one of them.

Anonymous said...

So, are the writers over worked from taking stories off the wire? Most of the news in our "A" section was not written by anyone at the paper. Copying must be a very hard job to do!!!!

Anonymous said...

The common theme among the poor few that are left at any of the McClatchy papers is...who really cares. Some digital ME generation is posting the latest news on the Worl Wide Waste of time faster than AP can absorb it. Just click on your i-Phone,Blackberry etc. and watch the news AS IT HAPPENS. Want to know where Obama is, check your phone, Want to know who McCain is stumping...It's the digital age, the reporters, editors etc. are working with dried up play-doh while the digital age whizzes past them with the latest greatest new information spreading gadget. It (as NPR radio said) is almost viral. With FaceBook, MySpace etc. friends are texting friends and the news moves too fast for the printed media.

Anonymous said...

The best thing that can happen.....shut the presses and EVERYBODY get off. It's a sorry mess and there is noway it can get better.

It now takes about 30 minutes to read the Sunday Edition of the Star.

The rest of the dailies the most copy is devoted to the obits. I'm just waiting to see the McClatchy name there.

Anonymous said...

I now have started the NY Times for home delivery on Sunday. For a few bucks more it has taken me couple of days to get through all the Editions. Instead of approx. 30 mins with the KC Star. Try it, they offer 50% off the standard price for 8 weeks or 12 weeks. For around 3 bucks a week for the Sunday Edition you can see what a REAL paper looks like.