On being late on the Yellowstone quake story

The Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park (Ben Pierce/Chronicle)

This tweet met me when I opened up the Twitter this morning: Today's sign of the newspaper apocalypse: YNP's 4.8 earthquake occurred 24 hrs ago, and still no word from the @bozchron — The Bozeman Magpie (@bozemanmagpie) March 31, 2014 It seems there was an earthquake in Yellowstone over the weekend, the biggest in three… Continue reading On being late on the Yellowstone quake story

NBC Montana reporting non-news from Chicago

A couple days ago, a man named Panson De Oaks wrote to us on Facebook, linking to a video from the TV station WGN in Chicago. The video was a segment on vacation destinations — mostly high-end, expensive ones. Included was a vacation destination in Montana, Paws Up, a “glamping” destination in the Missoula area.… Continue reading NBC Montana reporting non-news from Chicago

The worthlessness of “digging deeper”

One morning. I stayed off Twitter for a one morning, and this is what happens? Hilarious selfie video RT @LaurenNBCMT Did some court doc reading and note-taking (as you see in the video) on the plan that Kevin Briggs… — Ted Sullivan (@TedJSullivan) February 11, 2014 The Chronicle’s Assistant Managing Editor Ted Sullivan tweeted his… Continue reading The worthlessness of “digging deeper”

The mystery of the disappearing KTVM story

Cops and courts reporter Whitney Bermes pointed out this interesting disappearing-story mystery today. Whitney received a phone call today from VOICE Center Director Alanna Sherstad and Assistant Managing Editor Ted Sullivan got one from Bozeman police Chief Ron Price. Both callers wanted to talk about a story detailing the affidavit for Kevin A. Briggs. Briggs… Continue reading The mystery of the disappearing KTVM story

The ethics of a TV reporter’s “undercover” bus ride

It all started, as so many things do these days, with a tweet. This morning I went undercover on a school bus in Gallatin County. Why? Find out on the ABC Montana News at 5:30… http://t.co/ELOuQAsdHJ — Cody Butler (@CodyABCFOXMT) January 16, 2014 The post comes from Cody Butler, a reporter at our local ABC/Fox… Continue reading The ethics of a TV reporter’s “undercover” bus ride

More on so-called ‘common law’ grand juries

Frankly, I’m disappointed in myself this morning. At our newsroom meeting today, two of our reporters made some solid points about a story we ran on the front page of the paper — points we as editors should have brought up before the story ran. The story is about an effort by a woman in… Continue reading More on so-called ‘common law’ grand juries

Analyst: Lee Enterprises ‘burning its furniture’ to stay alive

Occasionally, my significant other wonders about moving to another city in Montana. There are a number of reasons why she wonders this, but suffice to say my answer is always the same: I’d better buck up on my coding skills because I won’t be getting a newspaper job in those towns. Well I might, but… Continue reading Analyst: Lee Enterprises ‘burning its furniture’ to stay alive

The perfect news tweet?

In the midst of tweeting about the University of Montana’s rout of Oklahoma Panhandle State on Sept. 21, 2013, the [Missoulian](http://www.twitter.com/missoulian) posted this: Zzzzzzzzz — missoulian (@missoulian) September 21, 2013 I’m not sure whether I think this is the funniest tweet I’ve ever seen come from a newspaper’s main Twitter account or perhaps the most… Continue reading The perfect news tweet?

Rachel Maddow urges Americans to subscribe to their local newspapers

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow recently urged Americans to subscribe to their local newspapers so that they can have the staff and time to send reporters to cover the boring, hours-long local government meetings. Sounds glamorous, doesn’t it? Boring reality aside, sometimes really important stuff happens at those meetings, as it did in Watauga County, North… Continue reading Rachel Maddow urges Americans to subscribe to their local newspapers

Was the Tribune right to use Facebook photos in a news story?

A lot of electrons have been spilled over John S. Adams’ story in the Great Falls Tribune on Sunday detailing a web of connections between former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, dark money groups and their staffers. If you believe postings by some state social media staples, people are riled up over Adams’ use of Facebook as… Continue reading Was the Tribune right to use Facebook photos in a news story?