Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Owl Makes Front Page/New Craigslist Posting

Did anyone find it strange that there was a front page article in the News-Press yesterday about supporting mental health services for our troops just a day after Dr. Laura left? It was right next to the owl that somehow was important enough to ursurp other world leaders and local news for the front page.

On another note, Craigslist seems to be where people are getting work these days -- this showed up for at least an hour today. A citizen stringer passed it on:
Associate Editor-Owner (Because Journalism Doesn't Pay!)

Being a reporter and enjoying the art of writing intelligent, well researched news articles pays poorly, as you probably well know. Local Santa Barbara newspapers typically pay $15 to $20 an hour, with little chance of increases beyond tiny incremental raises every few years. The only way to make a decent living is to own the publication.

If you're interested in immediate equity in a local news publication, with serious upside in the form of ad revenue generated by a website that will archive the content, this may be the ideal opportunity for you. Please reply with an e-mail containing a resume and your journalism experience. Note: All replies will be kept in strictest confidence!

Location: Santa Barbara
Compensation: $2000 month+
Telecommuting is ok.
This is a part-time job.
This is a contract job.
This is an internship job
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

could be a McFayden with his web news thingie...

5/26/2007 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

or...what's Jim Farr doing these days?

5/26/2007 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That same owl has been on the front page before...a couple of times, I believe. Think he flew the coop or something in the last couple of years...must be a fave of the Wenders.

5/26/2007 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The news stories will come to mirror what we've seen for years on the opinion pages. Lots of fur, feathers and fish. The massive coverage of the beached whale and the owl are only a start. Don't like it? Tough.

5/26/2007 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it a scab job?

Do I get bonus dollars for write-to-order-toadyism?

Can I churn out captions under the huge front page animal photos, changing my first and last names to "Staff Report"?

Do I get to be mentored by those internationally respected and experienced newspapermen McCaw-von Weisenheimer-Armstrong and Steepleton?


Sign me up, sir!

5/26/2007 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Al Bonowitz said...

Someone e-mailed this to me. It was apparently in today's paper ... I wouldn't know because I now live in Orange County.

On May 13, 2007, the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed piece by Lou Cannon that was highly critical of me and the Santa Barbara News-Press. The Los Angeles Times has refused to publish the following response when we

Since last summer, Lou Cannon has attacked the Santa Barbara News-Press, and personally attacked this writer, its owner and publisher. Mr. Cannon once had a reputation as a journalist of note, but his recent op-ed piece exemplifies how so-called "journalists" have tumbled into incredulity, self-destroying the image they so carefully created. ...

More follows, along the lines of Lou Cannon is biased and we're going to eliminate child pornography, by God ...

OMG, the Los Angeles Times has stolen a page from Wendy's playbook. Maybe she should sue ...

5/27/2007 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noticed a new byline in today's N-P-- did a little googling and lo and behold, just a month ago this young lady was writing articles on the Kama Sutra and "copulation" for Cal State Northridge's paper.....aahhhhh this must be the "new" journalism Wendy is touting

5/27/2007 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha Ho HO!! LOL @ SBNP


5/27/2007 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't the News-Press, or at least its most famous but now departed columnist, against the UCSB "Hump" column? Tied it somehow to Jerry Roberts?

So why on earth would Wendy McCaw hire for her front page a reporter who appears to have wrote a "Hump" for a college newspaper?

It's tough to teach brains.

5/27/2007 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comparing her own journalistic integrity against that of Lou Cannon? Bringing Tynesha (“Kama-Sutra-Hump-in-the-Sack”) Daniels to the front page of a family newspaper? Is Wendy McCaw in today’s edition:

(a) Dumb?

(b) Crazy?

(c) Ill advised by the Nipperbobber?

(d) All of the above?

(e) None of the above?

5/27/2007 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Lou Cannon. Truth hurts, doesn’t it Wendy?

5/27/2007 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Makes the HUMP column look like kids stuff said...

OK, for the "google or cut/paste challenged" here is just an excerpt from MS. Daniels' recent contribution to the CSUN paper:

"..A nice place to start is with the box. In fact, from now on men and women should go ahead and proposition one another with the statement, "Let's box," because the kama sutra considers the Box to be highly recommended penetration within which both partners lie face to face. Bonus - it's called the Closed Box when the man is on top.

Making the seemingly basic box pop relies on pressure, position and technique. To start off slow, try out the Bent, where the woman grasps and raises both thighs. To add what's called Strong Pressure, press your legs against each other hard and, fellas, penetrate and thrust vigorously.

Once you tire of that bouncing, ladies, raise your legs and throw them over your man's shoulders with your knee-joints resting on his shoulder - that's called Gaping. Give that a go for a while before adding some spice with the Broken Flute."....

what say you, Dr. L???

5/27/2007 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm laughing:

"Last spring, after the former publisher left, Arthur von Wiesenberger and I demanded that the biased articles stop. The head of our newsroom, editor Jerry Roberts, quit in a fit of pique. His cadre of assistant editors quit in protest."

No Wendy, they quit because you kept demanding that your bias be put in.

I know, I was there.

Echoing another blogger:

My money.
My newspaper.
My news.
My way.

5/27/2007 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it certain that it's the same Tynesha Daniels writing about CSUN "joysticks" AND S.B. Co. crowded jail conditions? What does Dr. Agnes say? Can Barry confirm? What would Dr. Laura say, if she weren't taking a "break"? Why didn't the Nipper google the Tynesha?

Once again, one just can't make this s@%t up.

5/27/2007 2:15 PM  
Anonymous WTF! said...

Phd Laura is Wendy's ghost writer now? I didn't think it could get worse.

5/27/2007 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tynesha on the fine craft of writing:

“The prevalence of weak writing skills affects us all, even those of us who feel we possess them.”

“Writing isn't easy but it is a problem” Tynesha Daniels, 10/4/06 Opinion

5/27/2007 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Palewriter said...

Found this example of Tynesha Daniels' writing on the Internet at a Citysearch Web site. Apparently, she submitted restaurant reviews for a blog, same way we submit our comments here.

Glad to see the Santa Barbara News-Press is sparing no expense to hire cream-of-the-crop, qualified professional journalists to produce accurate and unbiased reports (accurate by reflecting the editorial opinion of the paper, and unbiased by not including opposing views that Wendy will fire you over).

Here is an example of the reporting that earned Daniels a staff position on the News-Press:

Editorial Review for Pepe's Finest Mexican Food – by Tynesha Daniels

In Short

Founded by two brothers in 1962 as El Adobe, this bustling spot was later renamed to honor a nephew sent to fight in Vietnam. Still family-run, the restaurant features murals reminiscent of small pueblas and a drive-thru for convenience. A regular stop for the local college crowd and Fortune 500 businessmen from neighboring Brea, signature recipes like the fresh salsa casera and chorizo, are kept in the family. The popular breakfast burrito, packed with eggs, potatoes, cheese, bacon, beans and salsa, is served all day.


Wow, so accurate and unbiased that I have no idea whether the food is good or not. Now, that's the type of news coverage we need in Santa Barbara's community newspaper.

Yaaaay, Wendy, keep up fulfilling your promises to provide the best local news coverage that money can buy!

5/27/2007 3:53 PM  
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5/27/2007 6:03 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

6:03 pm -- we don't allow you to identify other bloggers if that's what you were was unclear.

Also, this new writer may not be too smart for walking into the lion's den as a "scab" but let's see how it goes hunh? I don't envy her at all...

5/27/2007 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tynesha is listed as a "correspondent," which means that she is an independent contractor and thus not subject to benefits, overtime or Union Representation. How clever.

I don't know the poor girl, but let's give her a break and not turn her into Daughter of Vlad.

I got a kick out of Hannah Guzik's writeup of the girls' soccer team trip to Norway, where she quotes a brochure in the third and fifth paragraph. This must be what Wendy means by "tighter, brighter reporting."

5/27/2007 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


In the Sunday paper, again, little local news:

Dominating most of the front page is a local story by the new Kama Sutra “correspondent” about illegal immigrants, or what Nick Welsh terms Associate Editor Steepleton’s pet bias. A second local story is about a soccer team fundraiser, which quotes mainly from a brochure. That’s it for page one local. A wire story about Iraq finishes the page.

On Page 2 there’s no local news; just a fig leaf feature covering for Dr. Laura after she fled the burning building. No one can get on to Wendy’s website to read the Dr. anyway.

On Page 3, photos but no news.

On Page 4, two “staff report” press releases, before turning to the obligatory whale-type wire stories on page 5.

And that’s it, folks. No other local news in the first local news section.

Everything under control. No bias other than that of Wendy and Scott. Simple.

“Best local news to be had”?

5/27/2007 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No news is good news",there's nothing to read here,move along...move along.

5/28/2007 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That CraigsList ad is laughable. $2,000 a month works out to $12/hour--and it obviously has no guarantee of that nor, I am sure, will it have any benefits.

Almost makes Artie's offer of $125 look rich!

5/28/2007 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a righteous group of folks!
How ironic is it that we've typed up a storm about the biases of the News-Press, then present a biased picture of the young lady with a front page byline? Did the Google search not turn up any other article she may have written for the college paper? Like her opinion article on Phil Angelides and his education plaform? Or even her more recent articles, one on STDs and another on an upcoming movie? It seems in our own state of being restless, irritable and discontent, we've launched an attack on a young woman who should not be the direct target of our own frustrations.

Just a thought.

5/28/2007 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did News-Press Associate Editor (there is no "editor-in-chief") and McCaw puppet Scott Steepleton (there is no independence) report and write ALL the news in Tuesday's "A" local news section?

Since Steepleton lives in Ventura, does this mean that our local news was outsourced out-of-town since no one local wrote the News-Press' local news Tuesday?

Other than brief "staff reports" (what staff?), no news bylines by anyone else Tuesday?

Is this the "best local news to be had" promised by Wendy McCaw?

5/29/2007 6:23 AM  
Anonymous snarky said...

Darn, someone synced up the subscriber database with the web site accounts, and I've lost access.

5/29/2007 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newsroom reporters had "beats" and knew what was news and important that the community should know about.

Correspondents don't work at the paper, don't have beats, don't have sources and may not even live in Santa Barbara.

They'll write what they're "assigned."

And that's exactly what Wendy wants.

5/29/2007 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendy is a class act. She doesn't show a picture of suspects like the tabloids on investigation of a soldier serving his country. She cares for the innocent.

5/29/2007 12:51 PM  
Anonymous snarkier said...

Many "News"-Press web subscriptions died last Friday with access now blocked.

They publish many articles with the "correspondent" by-line, including articles from a national syndication service that may have no newspaper interested except this one. Those reporters could reside far, far away but get paid by the Newsless nonetheless.

The Mess continues to hire cubby reporters freshly out of college because they are the only writers still desperate with their soul for sale. They all are scabs by any definition.

5/29/2007 2:38 PM  
Anonymous shaggy said...

Things at the N-P seem to have gotten so bad that it is now almost June and they have managed to recruit approximately zero summer interns. This is in an industry where true believers are desperate to get "real world" work experience in a newsroom or other media outlet, be it in New York, Nome, or Needles, California. One would think that a paid internship in sunny Santa Barbara would be attractive to, say, a Journalism major from Syracuse or Northwestern. There is a city college and University of California within bicycling distance, presumably with Journalism students wanting real world experience, and evidently sending all of their internship applications to the Visalia Times-Delta and Marysville Appeal-Democrat.

Maybe Management is so clueless that they are unaware of the whole journalism internship thing. Just imagine the look on a prospective Editor's face during an interview when you say, "Oh yeah, I spent my summer interning at the Santa Barbara News-Press."

It would be funny, if this weren't going on for damn near a year. And that stuff The Wendy has pulled on Jerry Roberts is beyond is pure and undistilled libel. And hatred.

So now Queen Wendy will go on her annual Mediterranean cruise with her consort, The Baron Royale With Cheese, while Santa Barbarans can simply call City Hall to find out more about those silly planning, municipal budget, and taxation issues, and stabbings that only happen to poor people without health insurance, and fires that only affect the rabble who cannot afford a home fire sprinkler system, and all of those other nasty things that only happen to people who are not rich enough to erect fences wherever they want and spotlessly obliterate their past. Her lawyers will keep racking up those hours until they turn around and sue her because she can't keep up with her bills.

5/29/2007 7:48 PM  
Anonymous snarky said...

Craig Smith hows evidence that he did try to contact the newspress. So, if he did, can he ask for a correction to be published?

5/30/2007 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Don Jose de la Guerra y Noriega said...

Looks like the cultural reviews of community doings are up for grabs. The colorful trout are swimming upstream on State Street--no public art crisis this year.

How are we going to get our cultural information Sara now that Tom Jacobs has jumped ship? Anything you can do?

5/30/2007 5:33 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Scene and Heard by Gloria Montano is about to launch a print edition and cover a lot of the social and cultural scene...perhaps I could convince her to do a post occasionally. If you don't get her email already -- it's available via -- I'm away from my address book -- but I beleive it is do a post on it soon.

5/30/2007 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Wendy McCaw jumped the gun in a fit of pique by claiming the L.A. Times wouldn't publish her astonishingly out-of-touch rant,,0,2421439.story?coll=la-opinion-center

5/31/2007 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendy is right.

Lou Cannon is a crusty, out-of-touch old hack.

Go Wendy!

5/31/2007 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


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