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  J1958

Great discussion taking place today on another blog post about the pitiful state of news delivery. This may help skeptics who don’t trust the news they see on tv or read in the print media any longer.

I don’t know how well known The Drudge Report is outside the news trade, but INSIDE we all know every news writer opens his day the same way – by visiting this click:

http://drudgereport.com/

What you hear and see on radio and tv or read in the newspaper almost always started for the writer on Drudge.

It has everything you could ask for in the way of news from clicks to all the major news gathering organizations (Reuters, AP, etc) to all the networks, to the news mags, the top weblogs, financial exchanges, weather clicks and even your local news by zip code.

Along with those clicks and, perhaps, best of all, banners for the top 50-60 stories of the day designed to communicate content, rather than sensationalize it, are laid out like the front page of the WSJ in a non-nonsense manner so that you can scan nearly all today’s stories without even hitting the page-down button. Minimal pictures and no bullshit.

The single page includes all that and is updated every few minutes along with the ever-present banner click for what Drudge considers the top story of the moment – always in bold type across the top. Right now, it reads: FEDS DEMAND WEB FIRMS TURN OVER PASSWORDS.

Goodnight and good luck

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TwistAndShout

Jul 26 @ 8:13AM  
I don’t know how well known The Drudge Report is outside the news trade, but INSIDE we all know every news writer opens his day the same way – by visiting this click:

http://drudgereport.com/

That may be true of those "insiders" whose journalism experience consists of converting wire stories into local radio news copy and reporting heartwarming local interest stories.

To actual journalists, Drudge is merely an aggregator and a rumor monger. As for his record of breaking stories, he's like all rumor mongers. He's occasionally spectacularly right, but far more often he's totally off. Those who swear by Drudge are like gamblers. They remember the winners, and forget the losers.
J1958

Jul 26 @ 11:46AM  
That may be true of those "insiders" whose journalism experience consists of converting wire stories into local radio news copy and reporting heartwarming local interest stories
.

Read more carefully before attempting to do the more complicated "writing."

My piece refers to and expressly identifies "news writers" -- not assignment reporters. FYI, assignment reporters have no conduit to the general public, except through a news organization where their stories are parsed into a general presentation by "news writers."

Drudge is about as close to the source as the average American can get, and that is why I put the link in a post. I did not suggest Drudge "writes" news. I explained it thoroughly, but one would need the ability to read and understand what is printed in order to see that, so I understand your presumptuous attempt to straighten me out.

And, by the way...don't you ever tire of setting yourself up to look like a schmuck?
J1958

Jul 26 @ 8:42PM  
Don't you ever get tire of sounding like a vain, grouchy old fart over and over again? No, I'm sure you don't, and in fact you'll probably treat us to another such version momentarily.

You’re making progress! I see you have learned that every time you post nonsense on my blog it will quickly become the victim of reason – I tried to use tiny words. Did you understand?
J1958

Jul 26 @ 10:00PM  
You may have used Drudge as a small time writer of radio news copy that's read in between playing music and blabbing to morning commuters. But that's not what writers for actual news organizations do.

1 – This post is not about where “investigative journalists” find their stories. It is about how consumers can cut the news gathering organization that spins their news into opinion out of the loop by reading the original post on the story…the way the news gatherer does.

2 – “investigative journalist” and “news writer” are separate professions.

3 – Maybe, 1 out of 150 stories in a given newspaper was written by an investigative journalist. To the reader, the other 149 were written by people who were NOT connected to the original story. Therefore as I said in my post, “What you hear and see on radio and tv or read in the newspaper almost always started for the writer on Drudge.” I used the term “almost always” to allow for the tiny percentage written by investigative journalists.

4 – When a single individual is working on an investigative piece, he does not entirely shut himself off from the rest of the world. Instead, he follows a routine which begins each morning with assimilating an overview of dozens of stories. For this…as I said in my posts…he begins his day with a visit to Drudge.

5 – You may limit your news to “60 Minutes” where, once a week, 2 or 3 investigative reporters spend 10-minutes each explaining a single story. But most Americans get their news in a compendium of stories daily, delivered by a news gathering organization. In a 4 ½ minute radio news presentation there is room for, perhaps, 6-10 stories. The vast majority of these stories had their origin in the city where the story took place and were originally filed by some local reporter and, then, posted on Drudge for all to use. In the old days, they filed the story with AP or UPI. Again…each such local reporter started his day with an overview of the nation’s stories by clicking on Drudge.

6 – In the business of radio news I am proud to have served listeners as a “small time writer of radio news copy.” I have also served listeners in top ten markets as a writer, anchor and news director at the most respected news/talk stations in America as well as writing and anchoring broadcasts on a leading radio network. Along the way, I have also served as a television news director and as a writer and columnist for several local daily newspapers. In all those places, everyone I still know begins his day with a click on Drudge. I’m just saying a consumer can eliminate the middle man and, therefore, a lot of “spin” in the digestion of his news diet by going directly to Drudge.

Why would you seek to denigrate such a handy tip for members of the site?

Finally, if my life has qualified me to offer more useful advice than yours and I give it freely, it is far more an act of benevolence than vanity. i.e. don’t hate me just because I’m handsome. And, if you don’t agree that I am handsome, why not just blow me.
Wordsofwit

Jul 26 @ 10:37PM  
Back when I was plying the wordsmith craft I used to wake up and after checking my email, peruse Biz Wire and two or three other sites that harvested press releases along with PR pieces put out by self important minor pubs (out of India usually) in my practice space that produced spun scoops (they were half a day ahead of us). I don't have to do that anymore and pay no attention it.

A trained eye can look at any of the honey spun pabulum barfed out by the disinformation mills and separate the wheat from the chaff in a New York minute. Then there are the others who buy into what ever they want to hear hook, line and sinker in their gullible ignorance because it is so comfortable
Wordsofwit

Jul 26 @ 10:45PM  
Another thing, and I learned this from dealing with my daughter and her mother during our separation and divorce. If you take one story and the distorted spins of two parties, say Fox News and MSNBC, add them up and divide by two, you'll be pretty close to the truth
whatsinaname

Jul 26 @ 11:14PM  
May I suggest a site for you old boys. It will answer a lot of the disinformation you squabble about

The site is "refdesk.com" and after having had lunch today with it's this creative man I amused him by directing him to your......uh.......bickering. Something one becomes prone to at that age.

The owner may surprise you........LOL>>>>>>>>>
J1958

Jul 27 @ 12:19AM  
Cool. Thanks for the adjustment, ole boy. Hopefully, when I get to be 23, I, too, will know more about the business of news gathering than people who have made a living at it for 35 years.

Just so…I took a look at your friend’s site, but have to tell you it won’t be replacing Drudge on news desks any time soon. We don’t need 6 or 7 stories requiring 70-words each with a click for “more” to tell us what the story is about. We don't need cryptic titles like “The End of Civilization,” We don't need a front page with NO NEWS AT ALL on it laced with blurbs titled “Today’s Birthdays,” “Today’s Pictures,” “Site of the Day,” “Thought for the Day,” and “This Day in History.” We need NEWS!

People assembling a news cast and working on a deadline need an overview of the top 50 stories with clear, concise language like “Blimps to Fly Over DC for Missile Defense.” The point is…the news that makes it to the air and to print will not be coming from the site you mentioned. It will continue to come from The Drudge Report, until something more useful comes along.

Kids today. Jeezus Christ.
TwistAndShout

Jul 27 @ 5:39AM  
You’re making progress! I see you have learned that every time you post nonsense on my blog it will quickly become the victim of reason – I tried to use tiny words. Did you understand?

Sure I understood. You peevishly removed my second comment, then spent eight paragraphs quoting it and responding to it.

As I said, you need a new hobby.
J1958

Jul 27 @ 11:42AM  
You are quite right, and thank you for pointing it out. Otherwise I would not have noticed the error. Sorry. Here is a paste of the comment. I regret that it is out of sequence.

PASTE:

Except that you include totally ridiculous statements:

What you hear and see on radio and tv or read in the newspaper almost always started for the writer on Drudge.

Newspapers, at least those that remain worth reading, maintain a staff of investigative journalists that go out and find stories. They don't find them on the Drudge report. And for that matter, when they instead reprint stories from the wire services, they get them directly from the wire services. Drudge is not a broker for Reuters and AP.

You may have used Drudge as a small time writer of radio news copy that's read in between playing music and blabbing to morning commuters. But that's not what writers for actual news organizations do.

...designed to communicate content, rather than sensationalize it...

Drudge does engage in sensationalizing select stories, utilizing banner headlines across the top that frequently mischaracterize or exaggerate the actual content of the story.

And, by the way...don't you ever tire of setting yourself up to look like a schmuck?

Essentially, all of your retorts boil down to "You failed to understand my brilliance and so I've defeated you." Don't you ever get tire of sounding like a vain, grouchy old fart over and over again? No, I'm sure you don't, and in fact you'll probably treat us to another such version momentarily.

You need another hobby, man.
firstdowngoal

Aug 25 @ 2:57AM  

You need another hobby, man.

He's got one.....riding on everyone else coattails. Not an original thinker, just a tick.

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