white noise

by Brian Clarey

News and views from inside the media bubble 


The Asheboro Courier-Tribune announced last week that the daily newspaper will decrease its publication by one-seventh after pulling out on the Monday edition beginning April 25. Publisher Diane Winnemuller blamed the economy and the changing face of the newspaper business for the move. “If we were considering a new start-up of a newspaper publishing venture today,” she told the Courier-Tribune, the business model of a seven-day newspaper in Asheboro would not be a likely consideration. It is the right time for us to right-size our newspaper.”


Colorado’s Pueblo Chieftain inadvertently published the wrong winning lottery numbers in their Sunday edition last week — troubling for local couple Jim and Dorothy Sprague who, for a brief period, anyway, thought they had won $4.3 million in the state’s Matchplay game. “I woke up and found out we were millionaires,” Jim Sprague said, calling it “a case of going from rags to riches and back to rags again…. We had told my son and my daughter and we were getting ready to tell our other kids, but we found the mistake that it was wrong. It’s a good thing that I didn’t talk to too many people.” The Chieftain, of course, regrets the error.