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Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Vladster Salsipuedes

We've had a little fun at his expense but to his credit I'd hate to be a new reporter in the current News-Press environment. Vlad Kogan talks about why he left the News-Press in today's post by Craig Smith.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

before Kogan becomes canonized and romanticized, can we all just remember he CHOSE to come into this job as one of the Steepleton/Armstrong golden boys in the wake [bodies still warm on July 17, remember] of several journalists of stature departing. One of his first stories, about the Victoria Theater forum on Journalism Ethics, was a one-sided hack job in which he didn't even attempt to cover the forum with any depth or perspective.
Sorry, he's no victim.

11/09/2006 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may seem a minor point but it annoys me. Craig Smith keeps referring to Kogan as one of the 'cub reporters.' That term exists only in the old 'Superman' TV serial (which included 'cub reporter' Jimmy Olson). I've been working for daily newspapers for 20 years, and am familiar with a LOT of newsrooms -- that term doesn't exist. (Perhaps in Chicago for the reporter covering the Cubs, but I digress.)
For some (not Smith necessarily) the term was a handy way to add to the derision of Vlad.

11/09/2006 11:54 AM  
Blogger passing-by said...

I've been hard on Vlad in postings here and there and I want to apologize. It has always really been management to blame for whatever the kid's shortcomings might have been. He was in a tough spot and he needed guidance and seasoning and he never got either. Good luck to him.

11/09/2006 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see him go!

11/09/2006 1:58 PM  
Anonymous dd said...

Wow - thanks to Craig Smith for setting more of the record straight on Vlad. I'll be interested to read more on why he left and what is really going on in the newsroom. dd

11/09/2006 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Vlady received a book of food reviews from our heavy hitter publisher, Neville von Porkburger. Signed?

If The Nipper runs out of those, and wants to project a bit of actual intellectual heft, perhaps he can start giving away the much more weighty tome that Jerry Roberts wrote about our sitting U.S. Senator and published via a major publishing house.

Craig Smith has become Santa Barbara's premier daily investigative columnist. Can't wait until tomorrow's installment.

11/09/2006 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He needed guidance and seasoning and never got either -- true. But he needed to grow up. He was quite smugly content being the lapdog for what passed as upper management and he had no problems submitting one-sided pieces for publication. (See first posting.) It's fine to have an opinion, but not in your stories. He really should've started at a weekly, where he would've learned more about the business as a whole. Vlad was a hack -- willing pawn, maybe, but no victim.

11/09/2006 2:45 PM  
Anonymous emily said...

I'll say this for young Vlad, at least he bothered to show up. Unlike Nick, he put in the time and got it right about last week's citizen's appeal to the Planning Commission of the Century 21 atrocity. The way Nick reports on it this week, it was just a chucklefest led by Bill Mahan. It wasn't. Vlad got it right because he flip-flopped his way over to City Hall and witnessed the hearing in person. Who knows where Nick got his perspective, but he wasn't there--and his report was a lot less news and a lot more er, something else.

11/09/2006 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like Vlad has one fan... emily

11/09/2006 4:52 PM  
Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

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11/09/2006 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the point of that?

We we dicussing our joy of running Vlad out of town.

11/09/2006 6:52 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Wow -- that was really effective splog -- it's outta here.

11/09/2006 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

give the poor kid a break. can any of you remember how it felt to get your first real job out of college? compromises are made. at the very least he walked away. let him go, bullies.

11/09/2006 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... comment?... hmmmm..... Vlad's paid his dues. Maybe he'll post here or write a small memoir to help finance his next venture. The N-P used "Dr" Laura, when did that (quotes) start? Nov 9, 2006 - Economics classes learn to give back / Nov 5, 2006 -Economics classes learn to give back, N-P lists same title for 2 columns, what's with that? "The Santa Barbara News-Press runs one of the most Web- and reader-hostile websites in the whole country." Doc Searles. How true.

11/09/2006 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Millstone is doubtless working on Kogan's Cease and Desist letter right now. Aspiring journos take note: no job is worth a lawsuit, no job is worth your soul, no amount of money can buy a clear conscience. JUST SAY NO TO WENDY.

11/10/2006 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can Wendy Cease and Desist "fiction" by a ghost writer?

11/10/2006 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no job is worth your soul


11/10/2006 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder if the N-P will be reporting on this:

Santa Barbara, join us for a candlelight vigil at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, outside the annual News-Press "Lifetime Achievement Awards" at the Biltmore.

We will protest the illegal Oct. 27 firing of veteran reporter Melinda Burns, a leader of our recent unionization effort, which brought a landslide 33-6 victory. And we will protest the ceaseless attacks on our profession by the McCaw regime.

Our victory is one Wendy McCaw still refuses to accept. Santa Barbara, please continue to support us as we move toward a contract that restores integrity to the News-Press.


11/10/2006 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the poor girl thinking? Why would she want to go back there if what she says is true? Maybe she should call Dr. Phil for help.

11/10/2006 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Worker Bee said...

It's called "Doing Something for the Principal of the Thing." Folks like Anon 10:19 don't get that - rich tyrants meddling needlessly with people's lives is not dribble.

11/11/2006 9:01 AM  
Anonymous harping said...

anon 10:19 & worker bee: um, I think you mean "drivel," not "dribble." Unless you've gotten the N-P game confused with basketball...or drool. ;-)

11/11/2006 9:42 AM  
Anonymous emily said...

why we need editors: in this case, it's Principle, not principal, and it's drivel, not dribble.

11/11/2006 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like getting fired is a get out of Hell free card. Why would you want to go back?

11/11/2006 3:51 PM  

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