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Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?

Posted in Journalism, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2018 by macmystery


I am stringing the 2018 S.C. Primary runoffs in Beaufort County for the Associated Press. I’m supposed to call in vote-total updates as they progress throughout the evening until all the votes are counted.

I did the same thing for the primary itself two weeks ago. That night, All the votes weren’t counted until 3 a.m. Tonight being a runoff, there should be far fewer votes.

Easier, right? You’d think so.

As the chairman of the county board of elections said a few minutes ago, this should be an early night. But it sure doesn’t look that way, again.

And just to add insult to injury, the clock on the wall in the room where I am set up is stopped at 12:55. (It’s 10:20 p.m. as I write this.) Everytime I look at the clock I dread getting up in the morning.

Hurry up and die, newspapers

Posted in Journalism with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by macmystery

That’s the sentiment of Newsweek blogger Daniel Lyons in his Sunday blog post, a reaction to the proposed Newspaper Revitalization Act.

I’m not disputing that newspapers are dying, or that they should be, or even the reasons why Lyons asserts they are. But I find it interesting that Lyons ignores the fact that virtually every successful Internet journalism venture requires capital from somewhere else … another medium.

In fact, it would be interesting to see how Lyons feels about newsmagazines.

Like newspapers, they are dying a slow (albeit, a little slower, yet just as certain) death. Both Time and Newsweek, the nation’s foremost mainstream news mags, have shrunk in recent years. And they’ve certainly tinkered with their formats to try and keep readers or bring in new ones.

That being said, it’s Newsweek’s print sales, not advertising on a Web site — or even more specifically Lyons’ blog — paying Lyons’ bills.

But it’s OK if Newsweek goes under. Like Lyons says, journalists will get other jobs, right?