A story is making the rounds on the social Web this morning about a Bozeman-based animal-handling company and a bar in Virginia City. According to Judy Slate of KBZK, Animals of Montana brought a wolf into the Pioneer Bar at the request of a photographer for a shoot. However, the company didn’t have the right permits, … Continue reading Timeliness is next to newsiness
A lot of news organizations in Montana and around the Yellowstone region struck viral gold today thanks to an image posted to Reddit showing a comment card for a Xanterra hotel. The card, posted here, says that the departing guest’s visit was wonderful but “we never saw any bears. Please train your bears to be … Continue reading Training the bears
Update: Right now, the article on the KTVQ site has a byline, listing the author as Aja Goare. Was it there the whole time? Perhaps is this a case of someone at KBZK just not updating the CMS correctly? That’s a possibility. So I’m willing to walk back my qualms about the byline on the … Continue reading MTN article raises ethics questions
Ed Kemmick hits the nail on the head this morning with his post on the direction Lee Enterprises seems to be going online: At the same time they are cutting back on staff and by extension drastically reducing traditional newspaper reporting, they are attempting to increase their online presence—in other words, to get more clicks—by constantly … Continue reading Lee, hell-bent for pageviews, goes the clickbait route
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A lot of pixels have already been spilled in the past week about the closing of the Lee Enterprises state bureau in Helena and the departure of longtime reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, but I’m going to chip in too, mostly because I feel that their apotheosis has gone far enough. Were Johnson and … Continue reading Statehouse reporting is dead; long live statehouse reporting
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More and more often I read about news websites shutting down their commenting sections. Just today it was TheWeek.com, whose explanation cited this gem of a reason for getting rid of news site comments: And so today, the smartest, most thoughtful, and most spirited conversations are being driven not by pseudonymous avatars in the comments … Continue reading TheWeek.com closing its comment section
Two statements reported in a television news story about the investigation into Belgrade High School principal Paul Lamb have raised the hackles of journalists across the Gallatin Valley. A report on KBZK on the evening of Oct. 6 by reporter Brooke Boone told readers that police in Belgrade have completed their investigation into allegation of … Continue reading Back and forth over accuracy of KBZK report
The Montana State Prison’s spokeswoman public/victim information officer sent out an email Friday to newsrooms across the state (emphasis theirs): Thank you for your recent articles and coverage of Montana State Prison. We appreciate your interest in the shortage of correctional officers. I do have one request. Over the years, the professionalism of correctional staff … Continue reading Corrections and guarding English usage
Montana Sen. John Walsh has been in trouble this week after the New York Times demonstrated that he had plagiarized large portions of the final paper he wrote in the U.S. Army’s War College back in 2007. Campaign trackers are saying this is a devastating, if not fatal, blow to his bid for election to … Continue reading Fierce backlash over John Walsh plagiarism
One of our reporters found this while browsing the TV news stations’ sites today. I wish the couple luck, but is this really worth of posting to the TV news site? Labeled as “continuous news”? Also today in things that probably don’t belong on TV news websites: KBZK lists an advertising job with the … Continue reading Today on the TV news…