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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Northwest Arkansas Times: The quality goes in before the name goes on

Posted By on Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 3:26 PM

The old Zenith slogan sprang to mind as I was in the lobby of the Northwest Arkansas Times last Friday, re-upping my subscription for another six months. There was once a time when the general public could saunter on up to the newsroom and talk to the editors/reporters. Since 9/11, security has gotten tighter all across the country, including at our local paper.

In fact, one even has to show a badge to get upstairs. Or, as the sign the lobby proudly proclaims:

“You must have a employee photo ID or visitor ID . . .”

A Employee badge?

Not an employee badge?

Me write good grammar - can me work at NWA Times?

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Mike Masterson’s Classical Gas

When Mike Masterson was editor at the NWA Times back in the 1990s, for a time he had bought into the classical music in the workplace fetish. You know, as in playing classical music will make your employees more productive, more creative, and add a spring to their step?

Back in the days when I actually had friends in the newsroom at the Times, I would go on up to the newsroom. One day the classical music wasn’t playing.

“Where’s Mozart?” I asked.

“Mike’s not here!” a chorus of voices rang out.

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Quote of the Day

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice. - Confucius

rsdrake@nwark.com

 

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