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Another piece of incisive journalism to join the many sterling examples in the annals of the Santa Barbara News-Press. Do I smell a Pulitzer?!

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rroseselavyoui
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Married to someone who is a journalist at a similar kind of paper, some reporters (not Stacy though, he's got his hands full to overflowing with tough stuff) are sort of mandated to write fluff. Also, this could be a puffed-up press release from (is it a city/county library or private) the institution to inform the patrons of the earlier closing.
Also, did you know it's the editors that write the headlines usually? Many times a perfectly good, serious story is totally marred by some goofy, puny headline that someone else thought was catchy. It would drive me crazy to have headlines like that over my name.

Also, as someone who had a brief stint of working in a public library - the hours the place is open is such a huge deal because you've got folks who absolutely NEED to check their Ebay/Myspace/Mail Order Brides (totally not making that up - he printed out pictures and everything) accounts immediately...several times a day....everyday.
Ugh. That was the worst part of it all - that it was just a glorified free internet cafe.
But it was nice to see all the moms come in with their kids each getting ten picutre books to read over night.
scythrop
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
The article consisted of the reporter interviewing library patrons (in the middle of the day) and asking them how upset they were about the library's decision to close at 9pm instead of 8pm, M-F. None of them were the least bit bothered by this. That was the whole article. Oh, and a librarian saying that it was because no one was really using the library at that hour.

We make heavy use of the children's section!
rroseselavyoui
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Yay for the Children's section! Have you seen how much picture books cost? Geesh.

Okay, that IS a bit much. One hour early is no big deal especially if they've done the numbers and it's dead.

I swear, I think the people who write the headlines don't even read the articles.
scythrop
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it is almost like a parody of an Onion headline in the "bit much" department.

I think they have maybe ... one full-time reporter now? Ever since Wendy fired everyone who didn't quit first.
rroseselavyoui
Jul. 25th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Eeek.
Newspapers are a dying breed. I know Stac is thinking about jumping ship into - ick, of all things, P.R. But it makes more money and it isn't dying a long slow death like print media is. :(
scythrop
Jul. 25th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, but the News-Press exodus is waaaay different than print slowly dying (which will never happen here because that's a death knell being sounded by the young, whereas S.B. is getting grayer by the millisecond). It really was just about the entire staff leaving at once, with the choral refrain of "Fuck you, Travis!"

http://www.independent.com/news/newspress-mess/

I'm embarrassed that we still get it, but my boss thinks it's important because of my position.

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