Easy scoop, bad automation

Newspaper lands easy scoop: Corvette crashes into its office

Funny story, right? Maybe. But what irks me about this is the hotlines in this abcnews.go.com story.

Click one the first one, New Jersey, and you get more news from New Jersey. That’s legitimate, but the other two are bullshit. Not even going to bother writing more about it.



Newspaper photog shot by deputy sheriff

New Carlisle News Photojournalist Andy Grimm goes out take some night time shots of lightening, sets up tripod, Deputy Sheriff sees said tripod, Shoots said photojournalist.

Grimm said there was no warning, as in “Drop the strange looking thing that I think looks like a real skinny gun or some other gun-type devise or I will shoot you.”

He had his camera and tripod in his hands and Deputy Jake Shaw apparently mistook it for a weapon and fired, striking Andy in the side.

He was rushed to Miami Valley Hospital for surgery. He is expected to recover from his wounds.

We have yet to hear the Deputy’s side of the story.

All I can say is it’s a good thing the Deputy is not a better shot.

File this one under #GoodGrief! or #DudeIsLuckyToBeAlive or #GoodThingTheDeputyIsNotABetterShot

Alternative facts is wrong


A Fifth of U.S. Newspapers Kept the Women’s Marches Off the Front Page

… almost 450 newspapers archived by the Newseum found that more than 22% didn’t even even mention the protests on their Sunday front pages. Another 27% mentioned the protests, but did not make them their lead story.

Well, not quite accurate… My good friends over at the Newseum only tracked 450 newspapers for that day, BUT there more than 1,200 newspapers in the US. (Anyone know what the count is as of the end of 2016?)

The folks at Quartz are wrong!

1-5? I don’t think so. It would have been more accurate to say many or most or even “a lot” of newspapers, rather than saying a fifth. If the survey was more accurate the number would probably be a lot lower.

But, sad to see that “a lot” of US Newspapers did not deem the march worthy of front page coverage.