Lee, hell-bent for pageviews, goes the clickbait route

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

Statehouse reporting is dead; long live statehouse reporting

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

TheWeek.com closing its comment section

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

Back and forth over accuracy of KBZK report

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

Vaccines and junk journalism

Good grief. KBZK posted a story yesterday with the following headline: “Experts: childhood vaccines deemed safe.” Was this really news on July 1, 2014? Did we not know this one, simple thing before? Granted, there are anti-vaccination people out there who rely on junk science and exaggerated anecdotes to form their opinions about the safety of vaccines.… Continue reading Vaccines and junk journalism

Debating when to publish public documents

Chronicle crime reporter Whitney Bermes got into a discussion this morning with Missoulian crime reporter Kathryn Haake over documents with stories online. Particularly, Bermes was surprised that the Missoulian published the ticket along with the affidavit in the case of a 46-year-old Butte man accused of driving drunk the wrong way for 20 miles on… Continue reading Debating when to publish public documents