Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thursday Jan. 8 -- Got news or a question?

If you have news or a question, leave it in comments.


Anonymous said...

This clever writer was having some good fun, but I thought this fill-in-the-blank method was being taught in J-school already.
-Fill-in-the-Blanks Journalism for Budget-Challenged Newspapers-
North Star Writers Group

How about fill-in-the-blank stories? These generic scripts and articles would report on the most commonplace current events. They could fill the pages and airtime between the advertising and keep conglomerates' revenue incoming with far less outgoing to the writers, reporters, producers, etc, now that so many have been laid off.

*Congressman _______ faces indictment after investigators videotaped and wiretapped him seeking bribes. Prosecutor _______ says, “This is the worst case of corruption I've ever seen."
Congressman _____ released a statement saying he is entirely innocent and the victim of a vendetta by his political opponents.

Many more at:

Anonymous said...

Via: Poynter Online - Romanesque

I wondered what sort of money came with these buyout packages.
Jan. 8, 2009
-Buffalo News staffers who take buyout get at least $60,000-
Buffalo News

About 300 employees are being offered this second buyout package. Only about a dozen staffers accepted the first offer. The News is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Anonymous said...

Luck them...McCrappy only gave us 2 weeks pay for every year worked up to 40 weeks.