Friday, April 15, 2011

Sometimes only the printed word gets out

From Poynter comes this article about how reporters got the news out when technology was wiped out in an earthquake and tsunami. Contrast that to the time in Flint when it snowed a lot and the publisher made the decision to suspend publishing for a day.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

My wife took the call early that morning from my DM and when she told me they weren't printing a paper that day I thought someone was playing a joke on me..

In the long run the joke was on all of us.

Anonymous said...

There were some nice mugs distributed as a result of the failure to publish, as I recall.
And, as I recall, TFJ almost lost its long-running cheapo USPS rate over that? But that may have been an urban legend.

Anonymous said...

If the Japanese know one thing, it's tradition.......

elfaygo said...

As one of the dozen or so dedicated (i.e., idiotic) editorial staffers who showed up at the Journal that snowy morn, let me note we did not get "nice mugs" for our futile service. Yes, we received Publisher's Excellence Award mugs, but we got the ones normally received by award nominees. The actual award winners got mugs with big gold stars on them.

The worst part of that morning is that most of us learned only from the Channel 5 news that the Journal wouldn't be publishing that day. (The de facto editor on the scene claimed he didn't know either, but I've come to believe he DID know but didn't tell the others in hopes that the publisher would change his mind.)

Finally, we DID have enough people on board to publish at least a rump edition of the Journal, but the publisher opted to run up the white flag in the face of Mother Nature.

inky said...

Talk about your snow jobs!