Monday, October 6, 2008

In the waiting mode

Blogging will be a little erratic in the next few days as I am traveling. Whether I get on here or not depends on whether I find a wireless signal, or not.

In the meantime, I'm still waiting, along with folks at the Journal, as to whether the editor's prediction of a buyout becomes reality this month, or whether it's just more wait and see.

One of my next blog projects is a rather extensive look at one of the "favorite" things to Journal reporters: Saturday assignments. I have compiled a list of some of the more memorable Saturday assignments, stories that the managing editor believed were so compelling that they came before actually finding real news, and will publish them soon.

Here's a tease: One reporter had two memorable assignments on the same Saturday. The first assignment was to cover a goat milking exhibition and the second, his afternoon job, was to report on a klogging (yes, wooden shoes) exhibition in the afternoon.

That Saturday is the story stupidity Saturday by which all Saturday story ideas are measured. I had my share, heck, we all had our share and I'll share some of those with you this week. So keep checking back.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But Lord help that reporter if they miss a homicide or house fire while covering the goats in BFE, out of scanner range ...

Or, you get everything set for Saturday (call the source, assign photo, arrange a meet) and ... the editors change their mind (note the singular) and send you to a sheep-shearing event instead.

as a wise man once said:
Nothing good ever happens in the newsroom after 3 p.m. on Friday ...

... and the wise guy wasn't even talking about Saturday!