Journalism on Today’s Interweb, Part II

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It used to be that journalists wrote about the Saints, and fans bullshitted in bars. Now journalists have eliminated the bar from the equation...and the fan. They just go straight to bullshit.

 
Quick Out, March 25, 2013

Why was anyone upset by the prospect of the Times-Picayune folding? It’s been lousy for decades, and it continues to plumb new depths.

Case in point: it’s Monday, March 25, 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. And so far, on NOLA.com’s Saints page, there are three new entries for today.

One is a question for readers (in other words, let the public do the heavy lifting, so the staff won’t have to stir from their torpor). Another is a mock draft by two of the reporters (in other words, slacking when they should be working). And the third is, “What the national media are writing about the New Orleans Saints, NFL” (in other words, a collection of links to other articles, written for other news organizations, by reporters who actually work). And this comes after a weekend that saw only three articles added in two days: Thomas Morstead cutting his hair (original reportage sighting!), and “What the national media are writing about the New Orleans Saints, NFL,” twice, once on Saturday and once on Sunday.

Does anyone actually cover the Saints anymore?

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  • PhilistineMarch 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

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    Very sad.

    The Times-Picayune was vital to New Orleans as recently as Katrina, as newspapers don’t require power to read. People used to depend on newspapers for news, as well as transactional things such as advertising and classifieds. Sadly, we now depend on the Intertubes for news gathering, which, in terms of quality, is very uneven (to put it mildly) and contributes to tunnel vision as most of us only read news sources that reinforce our existing beliefs. So now newspapers have lost much of their revenue stream, and they cut quality in news and double down on fluff and opinions. Readers perceive less value, and move on to other sources that much faster. Himself, I’m sure you know all this, since you’ve said you used to work for a paper (you did, right?). However, newspapers in general, and the Times-Picayune in particular, were a big part of my culture, and I miss the experience of reading well-crafted news.

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    • HimselfMarch 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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      Yeah, I did. I quit because I wasn’t suited to it–I realized I didn’t really care enough, didn’t have the drive to dig out stories. Apparently that attitude is more widespread than I thought.

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      • PhilistineMarch 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm

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        It’s hard work, especially if you’re reporting on a subject that the people involved want to keep hidden.

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  • Rob Ryan's VanMarch 26, 2013 at 8:22 am

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    I like the “Quick Outs” idea, especially during the offseason.

    Maybe you can write something on Rob Ryan? Interested to hear what you think of his hiring.

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    • HimselfMarch 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

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      You know, I already have a Photoshop mash-up for my first article on Ryan. Of course, I had the same mash-up ready for Spags, too, and it turned out to be eminently unsuitable.

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