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Friday, January 09, 2009

Headline irony

To their credit, the HS gets it right in the online version of the story. But still, how many copies of this got printed and distributed this morning?



  • Please, tell me that's 'shopped. If not, it's downright pathetic, even for a small paper like the H-S.

    Did they somehow accidentally lay off *all* of their copy editors?

    By Blogger Jeremy T, at 3:16 PM  

  • Nope, as is photo lifted from the HS site. I didn't notice it reading the online version this morning, but when i was walking through town and saw it in one of the vending machines, i went, oh, my, that's awful, isn't it?

    By Blogger Barry, at 3:28 PM  

  • Interestingly enough, it seems Paxton has pulled The Herald-Sun from the Newseum's list of U.S. front pages.


    I guess with less than 30,000 subscribers left, they figured no one would actually notice the mistakes in the banner headlines, especially given that only 13 percent of us can read.

    By Blogger Dan S., at 3:41 PM  

  • Maybe their basing their figures on the people who comment on their articles online. Then the 13% literacy figure actually makes sense.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:07 PM  

  • Well, it is fair to say that since Paxton Media bought it the literacy rate of the Herald-Sun has been about 13%

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:38 PM  

  • In all fairness to the H-S, since Paxton bought it and laid off so much of the staff, it doesn't surprise me if whoever is left behind is over-worked.

    But still, a front page hed should get a couple of read-throughs, don't ya think?

    Less than 30,000 subs? I know I cancelled my sub a few times when the Rollins family owned it and kept putting in pro-Bush, pro-war nonsense in there.

    Running a newspaper IS running a business. Can you imagine if the H-S had any imagination and catered to the progressive nature of most Durhamites, wouldn't it be in a different place today? Maybe. Maybe not. Perfectly good papers like the Detroit Free Press are struggling, so who's to say?

    So tell me, how is a "free" weekly like The Independent going to provide coverage nearly as complete and competent as the H-S? Because for every headline the H-S screws up, they still have a staff devoted to local coverage that a "free" weekly can only fantasize about.

    What will really piss me off is missing my morning funnies if the H-S goes under in the next 18 months, which looks likely.

    By Blogger Tony, at 8:59 PM  

  • Criticism of the Rollins family's running of the paper is fair game (I'm a Rollins myself), but I don't understand Tony's comment about the H-S finding success by catering to the progressive nature of most Durhamites. Lord knows they tried that with their deplorable behaviour during the Duke Lacrosse hoax, and have suffered accordingly.

    There's a reason Duke students now get the N&O instead of the H-S.

    By Blogger KeepDurhamDifferent!, at 6:05 PM  

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