Gee, local news sites attract readers, but not advertisers …

It’s an old story:

Tim Regan was searching through public documents on the District’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration’s website for an interesting story. Every now and then, between mundane applications for liquor-license renewals and endless noise complaints, he would stumble upon a story he knew loyal Borderstan readers would relish.

During the story hunt in June, Regan struck what could only be considered local news gold. He determined that a popular Adams Morgan bar, Madam’s Organ, was fined $500 after a band’s drummer briefly cracked opened a window to air out a fetid fart. Regan, 29, wrote the story, attracting thousands of readers to Borderstan, and publications across the country wrote their own stories on the flatulence mishap.

As co-editor of the neighborhood news website, Regan sat through long-winded neighborhood and zoning meetings each week, sifted through insomnia-curing local records and walked the city’s streets looking for store closings and other news tidbits. Despite its successes, Borderstan’s publisher announced that the site wasn’t financially viable and shuttered it Dec. 23, leaving a neighborhood-level news void in some of the city’s fastest-growing areas.

“Local advertisers didn’t really flock to the site like readers did,” Regan said. “Our readership is growing, but everything costs money, and that includes running a local news website.”

Well, I would suggest NOT building your newssite on a business model that revolves around advertising, but one based on donations and subscriptions.

Good thing we invaded Afghanistan so shit like THIS doesn’t happen

Sadness:

A woman has reportedly been beheaded by a group of armed men in Afghanistan after she entered a city without her husband.

The horrific act took place in the remote village of Latti in Sar-e-Pul province, which is under Taliban control.

Provincial Governor spokesman Zabiullah Amani told the Nation that the 30-year-old woman was targeted because she went out alone without her husband, who is in Iran.

The Democrats are getting ready to screw it up again

Attention powers that be in the Democratic Party. I voted for the hippy dippy liberal in the primary, but swallowed my pride in the general and voted for the neocon. I still think she’s have been the better choice. In 2020, I’ll vote for the most liberal candidate running in the primary, but I have no intention of moving too far to the right in the general. It’s Liberal or Death in 2020.

Alt-right Breitbart fabricated fake war on Christmas story, blames Jewish family

Outrage of the cancellation of “A Christmas Carol” by a school district:

Fox News, which painted the incident as part of a larger “war on Christmas” narrative in a column that blared “SCROOGE!”, and Breitbart both ran stories over the weekend about the cancellation. Both Fox News’ and Breitbart’s articles cited parents who claimed to a local news station that the cancellation was the result of two unnamed parents’ complaints about a single line in the play: “God bless us, every one.”

The Hempsfield School District said in a statement that it has received at least 200 emails and phone calls about the decision to cancel the play in light of that national attention. According to the statement, the play was “absolutely not” canceled because of complaints about the “God bless us” line and “had nothing to do with a religious concern.”

“As we have already shared, the decision was not influenced by parents,” the statement read. “It became clear that the teachers had concerns about committing roughly 20 hours of instructional time to something that is not part of the fifth grade curriculum.”

The family that spoke with LancasterOnline said they pulled their child out of school and temporarily left the area after reading comments on the Breitbart story that speculated about obtaining and publishing their address.

I agree … Pussy Riot at the inauguration

I found this at Daily Kos:

Here is everything you need to know about Pussy Riot. Funny. I can’t think of ONE musician in America willing to spend on day or even one hour in the joint protesting the government.

And don’t be afraid of the word “pussy.” Donald Trump’s recording about grabbing women by the pussy kind of brought that word into the mainstream, don’t you think?

Public radio is learning news gathering lessons from crappy for-profit news sites

Go to the Peoria Public Radio site, the station associated with Bradley University. Look around and remember how the news is presented. Now, go to WGLT.org, the site for the station associated with Illinois State University.

The use the exact same Website design, and to the bottom of the page, which lists the exact same stories with the exact same headlines and articles.

There is usually a sense of serendipity when you browse the Web looking for news. You never know what you will find. But THIS is just an example of how the news is being homogenized by newspaper chains.

I’m just shocked that public radio stations are taking a cue from crappy newspaper chains like GateHouse Media.