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L.A. Times better off with early deadline

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SF_Express, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Alan Mutter makes a really interesting case that the 5:25 p.m. off-the-floor deadline for the L.A. Times A section has actually improved things:


    He says that because they're doing this, they're forced to find relevant analysis and exclusive offerings that people can't find elsewhere, in much more updated form (the traditional "breaking news" model of a front page).

    Plus, they have their separate late news section.

    He has some caveats -- what happens for an "end of the world" type story -- but it's an interesting notion.
  2. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Get back to me when the Big One hits LA. Then we'll see how well that deadline works.
  3. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    Or the Olympics. Or the major league baseball season. or an overtime Lakers playoff game.
  4. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    It's A section only. None of the above are A section fare.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    L.A. Observed noted a couple of weeks ago the Clippers score didn't make a Sunday paper. A home Clippers game. And we'll see what happens when Dodgers and Angels games don't make the print section.
  6. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    Sunday's paper was missing articles on the Anaheim Ducks (7 p.m. local start) and LA Kings (7:30 p.m.).
    Kings feature directed readers to the Web Site for gamer.
    Nothing at all of Ducks game.
  7. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member


    Want a magazine parallel? Newsweek, which has gone all
    "we're the preachy elite, and we'
    re never f'n wrong, and Woodrow Wilson was The Man", looking to answer the Big Questions while
    finessing a lot of the day-to-day. Gag me.
    Meacham should get on the bus
    for the dog track, and never return. Virtually unreadable, now.
  8. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

  9. dsg155

    dsg155 Member

    How about when the Angels, Dodgers or Lakers win a League Championship? I would contend that would be A section worthy.
  10. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    Some Sunday home editions had stories on the Ducks and Kings games.
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

  12. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Worthy but not mandatory.

    A "traditional" (looking, anyway) paper like the LAT can always simply say "no sports on our front news page" as its rule.

    But as long as sports has regular deadlines, nothing is really getting left out of the print edition.
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