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San Diego paper asking readers to rate columnists

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Ace, May 7, 2013.

  1. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    The UT-San Diego paper placed ads in print asking readers to say which sports columnists they read and how often:

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    We'll soon see a rash of U-T columns about Maria Sharapova, Michelle Jenneke ... basically this:

  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    One of my first newspaper gigs was working in a features department handling the mail. It was a day after an editor dropped a few comic strips (the Rex Morgans etc.) in favor or "younger" ones.
    Now, papers are smart enough to do a cursory "poll" to make their changes seem less rash. You do figure though that UT would have a pretty good idea just through web clicks. Would there be that much difference?
  4. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Dan, at the Herald, the paper ran a reader poll on what comics were their favorites. Then, when the poll showed results they didn't like, they deep-sixed it, denied any editorial employees access to the results and dropped the most expensive ones which was their plan all along.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    There could be a lot of difference. For example, anyone can get to the poll that's on the link and participate and say they read every person on the staff. Theoretically, of course.
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    In tomorrow's edition of the U-T, a point-counterpoint:

    Why The Chargers Should Sign Tim Tebow, by (columnist 1)
    Why The Chargers Should Not Sign Tim Tebow, by (columnist 2)
  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Help Save this Puppy - A 10-part series.
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Here are some ways this is stupid:

    1. Unless they have about 2 dozen columnists in San Diego, these aren't columnists but sports writers. So if you are interested in the beat the writer is covering you probably read him/her. If not, you probably don't. That's no reflection on the writer.

    2. This is about as scientific as paper-rock-scissors. Anyone can vote. And I would assume the writers' families are busy all night voting. I think we should all vote.

    3. You unnecessarily freak out your staff while gathering useless data.

    Otherwise, brilliant plan!
  9. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    I hope Tim Sullivan gets a lot of write-in votes.
  10. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

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  11. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    I fear someone's job is in jeopardy.
  12. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    I think we all oughta go over there and give rave reviews to everybody.
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