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I like the new USA Today website but I'm on DSL so it takes forever to load.Sure wish there was some quality advertising on the site though. The little 250x300's dropping into the top of that huge tower on the right is kind of pathetic.
The Enquirer would have been better off just not allowing comments about Buchanan’s resignation at all as cutting those it deems objectionable is worse in many, many ways.http://news.cincinnati.com/comments/article/AB/20120928/NEWS/309280104/Buchanan-resigns-from-UC-board
Now that Buchanan has resigned from the Univ. of Cincinnati board, we can expect the Enquirer to finally come out with the tell-all story about the UC president's unexpected resignation, right?
It's unconscionable that the Enquirer would delete comments from the Buchanan story. Readers can post hundreds of comments about the police chief or mayor or university president, but the publisher (also a public figure, and a member of important boards in the city) is off limits? Buchanan and Washburn (including her ridiculous, egocentric staff meetings) represent everything that is wrong with Gannett.
USA Today beta site went into full effect today -- and still there are problems. Scoreboard on a fall Saturday defaults to NFL, not college football. The Ryder Cup is downplayed because Tiger Woods isn't in today's matches. As usual, hotties and cheerleaders are prominent.And people wonder why USA Today has become a joke!
Buchanan’s resignation from UC’s Board of Trustees doesn’t completely release the Enquirer from any potential conflicts of interest as she’s not only still on the Board of Trustees for UC Health and UC Healthcare System, she’s now chairman of it.Considering all the changes that will come with the Affordable Care Act and its direct impact on health care services in that region she’s arguably left herself and the Enquirer in a position that likely creates an even more visible conflict of interest.Now, if she’s honing her skills to make a full-time jump to that industry, then I’m sure many staffers will be okay as long as it's soon! It would also help with other boards she failed to exit as a number of comments on the Enquirer story – before they were cut that is, mentioned how those roles posed problems in their views.http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/blog/2012/09/enquirer-publisher-buchanan-resigns.html
Charles Everett at 5:39: You must not be looking at the same web page. The Ryder Cup is played on the front page of the redesigned USA Today online with a big photo.
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6:35.dude, you make no sense.you arent funny. you dont even seem to have much of a life. get lost.
You can bet that the University of Cincinnati board "invited" Buchanan to "resign." She's never worried about ethics and conflicts of interest. She still doesn't, or she'd resign from those other boards too. What I'd like to know is who gave the order to delete the reader comments.
They're probably being deleted for the same reasons Jim is now deleting a lot of comments on this blog that readers have noticed shouldn't have been deleted. Corporate has too much "say so" everywhere now, it seems.
So here we are on a Sunday, the paper's biggest circulation day, on the eve of higher subscription rates and a website paywall, and what does the Cincinnati Enquirer lead with on it website? A yawner about the Reds' radio broadcasters and this earthshaker:New model brings new opportunity 8:06 AMEnquirer Media president and publisher Margaret Buchanan and Carolyn Washburn, editor of The Enquirer, highlight some of the important and popular features in The Enquirer's digital and print platforms, along with some new features and products readers will receive as part of the new Full Access subscription plan.
Washburn needsvto be on the copydesk.shes no leader..an unlikeabe fusspot who doesnt relate well to staffers.
It's telling that Buchanan and Washburn promise and pledge throughout this screed, posted the day before the paywall launches, to emphasize watchdog and investigative journalism. Wouldn't you think they would actually try to produce a decent watchdog/investigative Sunday story to entice readers to subscribe? Washburn has been making these same "promises" in these columns for months, yet the lead story each day on the site continues to be drunken blonde babes showing their cleavage, or Reds stories. This Buchanan/Washburn piece is a mess (with a number of errors, including lets/let's confusion), says nothing, and gives readers no incentive to pay for this site. (And the reader comments at the end reflect that.) It's so sad.
10:31: Jim can delete what he wants. It's his blog. I wish he would delete more of the increasingly unhinged ravings that appear here. Have a nice day.
What an insult to the copydesk, 11:02! You can tell from her writing style that she could never do the work of a professional copy editor. And copy editors work as a team. She would never fit in.
The commenters - the few that care - are basically saying "it's worthless, I'll use Google, goodbye."Can anybody tell me what the production situation is in Cincinnati? Is it copyedited in Cincinnati and laid out in Louisville (and soon, printed in Columbus)? Just curious.
Two days ago, Buchanan stated her resignation from UC’s board (not UC Health/Healthcare) was done to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. Yet today, in “Streetcar: stop” – an increasingly rare editorial, she says stop it and cites the work of 3CDC as one of the reasons why without any mention of her role on the Executive Committee of that board.All makes Buchanan and the Enquirer an even bigger joke in a community that relies on it increasingly less. Turning the “meter” on tomorrow will serve in speeding up its decline.http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120930/EDIT01/309300054/Streetcar-stophttp://www.3cdc.org/who-we-are/board-of-directors/
1:13: Local copy is edited in Cincinnati. Wire copy is edited in Louisville. The pages are designed in Louisville. It will be printed in Columbus in January.
The day the Cincinnati Reds clinched their division, you'd expect a few extra eyes on the Enquirer website, maybe a chance to show readers some of the wonderful exclusives and in-depth news content they'll soon be asked to pay for. The lead story was an old one about a "cool house" in the area. The second was a photo gallery of a festival.
The vast majority of whiners who post here are copy editors. That is pretty well known around the company. Reporters and editors are too busy handling the complexities of the job to bother complaining about other people. They achieve, not whine.Copy editors just observe, bitter and forlorn, and then they vent their spleen here.
SILLY"Now that Buchanan has resigned from the Univ. of Cincinnati board, we can expect the Enquirer to finally come out with the tell-all story about the UC president's unexpected resignation, right?"Gee, it seems that you didn't read the story in "The Chronicle of Higher Education." Which stated the UC board got sand-bagged by the former UC president.Then, again, the paranoid are never alone, are they?I could give a rip about that hick town Cinci and its hick-Gannettoids. Who were so stupid, they didn't see this Banana-Gate problem, with months of warning.http://bit.ly/SX3tZ3I do care about reality and facts.If newspaper people have to drop off boards, etc. -- what is next? Disclosing if a reporter's spouse is a member of a union that can benefit from her/his reporting? Lot of folks would like to know that.Silly, absurd and dumb.
“The vast majority of whiners who post here are copy editors.” Wrote 3:34 PMProve it. Fact is they can’t and anyone who’s read this blog long enough knows that based on the comments offered that they come from all corners of Gannett, including by those who’ve left and occasionally, by others who’ve found it. Frankly, 3:34 PM's rant is as ridiculous as the ones waged by Banikarim’s defenders who say the only ones who complain about her are a couple former disgruntled marketers.
Enough already about Cinci, the publisher and the editor. We know you hate all three. Can we please move on? BORING
Why? You'd rather tag on USAT?
Not just on this blog, but all over the Internet you get what might be the most useless troll messages of all, the type whose contribution is to post that a given thread is "boring."
11:02: "Reporters and editors are too busy handling the complexities of the job to bother complaining about other people."I'm wondering how you found the time to post here.
This is the Blog at its best. Shame on you
azcentral's lead story for the Ryder cup is from yesterday. Today's amazing European comeback is lost amidst the other stories.
3:34, a good many posts are from copy editors no doubt, I being one of them. Whine-you can call it that, but you reporters and editors are doing a piss poor job of keeping typos and glaring errors out of the paper now that we've all been shown the door. I know for a fact that proofing pages is no longer done at one Louisiana paper. So really, we are just bemoaning the acceptable mediocrity that prevails throughout Gannett. But truthfully, clean copy should start with the reporter, should it not? What does that say?
Gannett Publishing Services set to make additional changes and restructure organization after one year of existence.Dale Carpenter has been named to the VP, National Printing and Packaging position. Bob Peebler has been named VP, Customer Insight. Tom Kelly has been named VP, National Distribution. Barb Smith has been named to VP of the Call Center Operations.The new realignment will include John McGee taking the role of VP, Single Copy Sales. Mike Donohue will become the successor of the vacated McGee role, Regional VP of the eastern region. Tony Simmons will take Kelly's position as Regional VP of the midwest region. Amy Roessner will be named Director of Retail Sales while Renee Speers will be named Director of Blue Chip Amenity. Cuts are expected at each of the call centers as well as the sales departments. It will be an adventurous holiday season for 2012.
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