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by Becky Trout, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer,
on Oct 31, 2007
what if we don't like the PAWeekly?
Becky, I haven't even tried to call you because I am not sure what you mean by "media watchers". If you mean that literally, I do not watch any news, so I haven't called you. For local news, I read only the Weekly, the Daily, the SF Comicle, and the San Jose Murk. For anything resembling national or international news, I read the WSJ and several trusted web-sites.
Please explain what you are looking for, and how data-driven you want your contacts to be.
I should add that I used to cut out every example of bias and poor reporting I found in the papers, and so I used to have quite a bit of "data" in case anyone wanted to know why I have come to certain conclusions about print media..but finally tossed it all.
I have no data left to give, but if you give me a couple weeks, I can start coming up with more examples to support my opinion. How long do you have?.
I hope the article won't be another self-congratulatory PR piece about the Weekly and a denigration of all competitors, but an honest look.
What constitutes "quality" and "diversity" and why only the focus on these two issues? Is the Weekly trying to make itself appear diverse and high quality?
I wouldn't trust the media to paint an honest picture of itself, this is best left up to a non-profit media watcher instead.
The business of newspapers is all about ads. It's sell ads or die in the news business. The article should focus on how the reliance on ads affects "quality", "diversity", and the rest of all that goes on in the world.
That's why you never see a negative article about real estate agents, or a negative article about a business who could be a potential advertiser.
I wonder how much the Weekly pulls in with advertisements? Will that go into the article? How much does the CEO make? How much do the reporters make? How much do the editors make? What's the Weekly's profit structure?
Now that would be an honest story about media.
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