Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Monday, August 28, 2006

Has Banmiller Ever Been to DLG Plaza?

Craig Smith's blog reports today that the new News-Press associate business editor Brian Banmiller hasn't even set foot in the building. If this is Wendy and Travis' idea of more local news? Banmiller even has his email responded to by consultants -- what's up with that?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Banmiller thing is pretty weird: a bay area talking head writing long distance as a News-Press business editor about local issues. What for? Maybe one of the publishers could take a few seconds to explain it to us dumb locals. Maybe it's an old flashback relationship for one of the publishers.

But let's face it, the newspaper isn't getting any better under the new regime; it's deteriorating. Any attempt at the slightest improvement, with Banmiller or anyone else, should be encouraged.

8/29/2006 12:20 PM  
Anonymous philosoph said...

This is a classic organizational restructuring, the kind of thing that many companies do after layoffs, resignations, etc.

The goal is not to recreate what was lost but to create something new.

The old News-Press is dead. All that remains is for the remaining old-timers to find new work, and the turnover will be complete. There are other major changes in the works, perhaps redefining the paradigm of the modern American newspaper.

I would feel a lot more comfortable about this transformation if it were being led by an experienced journalist or a business visionary, or a combination of the two, but instead it's being led by a bottled-water critic and someone whose savviest business move was divorcing a very rich man.

8/29/2006 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Worker Bee said...


Let's work on the McCaw entry on Wikipedia;

Now, this is not a place to rant. If you're unfamiliar with Wikipedia, it is no less than the greatest encyclopedia in the history of man. It is a living, breathing source of information - the kind that only the internet can make possible.

If you're hip to Wiki, lets put the story down in this worldwide record together now. If you're new to it, read the FAQs from the site, sign up, and start adding the FACTS surrounding the current debate, not to mention her current story - good or bad - and make this chapter of her life a matter of record in one very important place.

It should be noted that even I, one who happily swears about and belittles McCaw and Co., will gladly edit this Wiki forum to be fair and not filled with hearsay. It's not a blog. It's an encyclopedia, people! GO!

8/29/2006 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think people will be able to leave their Bias out?

I'd hate to spoil wiki with local angst and bias

8/29/2006 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wiki on the News Press

ain't bad, but the details about Wendy P. are only a subset. I like the suggestion to expand the Wendy article.

8/29/2006 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Philosophe said...

I guess someone else has decided to acquire my tag. The last post by "Philosoph" was not by me (Philosophe). Consequently, I will sign off this blog and acquire a new identity. So long.

8/30/2006 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny line here -

what is thinning, the NewsPress or Mel Gibson's hair?

8/30/2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Too bad -- I've always liked the French philosophers better....

8/30/2006 10:09 AM  
Anonymous hattie said...

Philosophe, I hope you will return (with or without a new identity) as I've enjoyed reading your well-written posts.

8/30/2006 12:56 PM  
Anonymous curious said...

Wiki news press. Wiki Wendy. Wiki "dr" Laura. PHOTOS. HISTORY. Good/bad updates GREAT idea. Wendy's new celebrity is of interest. Now she is shaping this community, I wonder where she came from. To date, I can only take her back to tutoring @ Stanford. At least, we know "dr" Laura had a loveless childhood & was a good student. She has a silent 1st husband & sister. And details of her mother's demise, chilling. More so when she issues her excuse for leaving the body @ morgue for ten days. It was good to read how much she appreciates hospice now that she's here, "the voice of Santa Barbara" yet, & the hubby she services is off to attend his mother. These 2 feminists have alot of power. I do like the thought of being up to date on this team, for as long as they let Wiki live.

8/30/2006 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Wendy-Press-Mess blog, says good things about this blog.

8/30/2006 9:51 PM  

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