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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Angry journalist?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 2:51 PM

There's a new website,, in which news types around the country post remarks about their work. Not a happy lot, it would appear. Me, I'm happy as a clam. And I know everyone who works with and for me would have nothing but warm praise for me.

Mostly, the comments don't carry any identifying marks, which takes a lot of the fun out of it. But that's not the case on one post there today, #1345. Jay Grelen of the Democrat-Gazette makes an appearance. Heavens, no, he's not bashing the boss.

The post on

Please print my name:

Here’s how the newspaper industry solves problems:

Mate: Cap’n! There’s a huge hole in the bottom of our ship.
Cap’n: Quick, fetch me that jackhammer and let me fix it.

Jay Grelen, columnist (glorified feature writer)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Family owned and privately held
Little Rock

Jay Grelen's further explanation in response to my inquiry:

Yes, that's me. I'm referring to the industry in general, not the 

To wit:

The braintrust at Gannett Louisiana discovers a hole in the ship: "Oh my! Our Sunday circulation is dropping."

The braintrust at Gannett Louisiana asks for a jackhammer and "fixes" 
the hole by making it bigger:
"Here. Hand me a jackhammer. I can fix that hole. Let's shrink our 
Sunday comics, the franchise of the Sunday paper, the one thing that 
most everybody reads, to half their size so that they are illegible. 
That will attract more Sunday readers."

To their credit, after a few weeks, the folks at the Town Talk (I'm 
not sure about the other papers) returned the comics to regular size.


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