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July 05, 2005

See your name in lights...

Why Newspapers Are Betting on Audience Participation - New York Times. (Registration required.)

I post the article above because 1.) it deals with a major initiative our newspaper is involved with right now and 2.) I'm paraphrased in the article. I would love to say quoted, but I only made it to paraphrase status.

My correspondence with the reporter:

Katherine Seelye: i'm a reporter for the NYT, doing a story on your town square
initiative. lex told me that in his absence, you might be able to tell me
when the next launch date for publicus... and what has been the problem?

My response: There really hasn't been a problem other than that it is a bigger project than we ever imagined. There are many small details that need to be arranged and we have a limited staff. Since the newsroom is becoming more and more involved in online, the demand for online services is growing exponentially. We just don't have the online staff to do everything that we want and need to do, at least in a limited timeframe.

The paraphrase: At this stage, though, enthusiasm in the newsroom for the town square initiative has outstripped the online reality. [Kehaar], the strategic development manager, said developing the Web site turned out to be a bigger job than the editors had imagined. And management has not yet thrown in more money or staff members.

I don't see that as bitching about editors, management or money. We're actually hiring some folks right now, but they won't be available in time to get our new site launched. I am a little surprised that I was paraphrased quite so poorly.

But my name was in the New York Times. I guess that counts for something.

Posted by Kehaar at July 5, 2005 11:43 AM | TrackBack
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But my name was in the New York Times. I guess that counts for something.

Indeed it does. That, and $3.45, will get you a Tall Decafe Mocha Latte at Starbucks. A shot of cinammon flavoring will run you an extra .30 cents, however.

Congrats on your 15 minutes.

Posted by: Blackavar at July 5, 2005 04:56 PM

Thanks. I am going to try to convert this one mention in the NYT into an incredibly lucrative speaking tour of the country.

Posted by: Kehaar at July 5, 2005 05:02 PM

Well, well, well. How very nice. You are famous almost. I went through the registration and all that just to read your name in the New York Times!

Posted by: Yomamma at July 5, 2005 10:11 PM
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