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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TheSportsPredictor, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    2muchcoffeeman and Fredrick like this.
  2. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    Friedrich, I've heard more bad ideas than good during 'brainstorming' meetings. Citizen journalism or mobile journalism ("mojo") was another genius idea hatched.

    You get talking to one of these folks and you quickly realize the person has never worked one day in the trenches.

    "You've got city hands, Mr. Hooper - been countin' money all your life."
    Fredrick and justgladtobehere like this.
  3. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Newspapers missed the boat on this, shockingly. Should have monetized the comments. Make commenters put a credit card on file and ding them for a nickel per or whatever. Might have stopped a lot of the lunatics and if it didn't, at least they're paying for their obnoxiousness. And if two guys want to have a comment-fight under a story on your web space, great, then you're rolling in the nickels!
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    If I knew how easy it was to con newspaper executives with "new visions" for the industry and hop from conference to conference selling snake oil - I coulda have been rich.
  5. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Around 2008-2009, we had a big companywide staff meeting on ways to cut costs. People volunteered the usual perfunctory stuff. "We could bring in our own water instead of having the water cooler in the corner!" "Turn down the heat!" "Make sure your computers are turned off when you leave." Then I said, "how about we get rid of all of it? With Wifi, cell phones and home computers we really don't NEED an office. Just have a morning conference call to establish a budget, an afternoon conference call to finalize things and go from there." I got the expected grunts and snorts from the managing editor "Oh, I don't know about that..." Bottom line: they wanted to be able to snoop and annoy us, and they can't do that if we're working unmolested out of sight.

    A decade later, guess what this paper is transitioning to.
  6. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    This is, no kidding, about the best idea for the business I've read on this site. The people who pay for MAGA merch (or Bernie merch) would not hesitate to pay.
    Danwriter likes this.
  7. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    This is actually true. Have somebody brand you a visionary and go around and be a "consultant" and you'd be a multi millionaire.
  8. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    My gosh. What a great post! Those who hate Fredrick for dissing the suits and praising the little guy and gal. Here's yet another example. You wrote: "Bottom line: they wanted to be able to snoop and annoy us, and they can't do that if we're working unmolested out of sight." This is the terrorizing of reporters Fredrick refers to a lot. Notice how the suits never respond. You are exactly right. If the newspaper print product is being produced out of state, you don't need people to congregate in an office.
  9. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    Why not make them write letters to the editor instead?
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  10. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Hell of a good point.
  11. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    They can totally snoop and annoy you if you're working remotely too. As soon as they become technically aware enough to realize that, maybe working remotely will become more of a thing.
  12. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Eh, not the same. I know what BYM2 means. I've had more than one boss who did their "job" by wasting my time with their musings or suggestions while standing over me. It's only 15 minutes but, my goodness, OK, please, stop, here's some candy, leave.
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