Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Friday, October 12, 2007

Media Play of the Week?

Not quite political, but interesting nonetheless, is Craig Smith's report that Hannah Guzik has joined The Santa Barbara Daily Sound.

Meanwhile, The News-Press continues to pretend like it is still an award-winning paper at

The Santa Barbara News-Press, an award-winning daily on the beautiful South Coast, seeks multi-talented Reporters with a flair for clear, concise, colorful writing and a passion for pounding the pavement for stories. The right candidates will have the ability to give our Web site a boost by helping create the kind of interactive content that will have readers wanting to come back for more and check out our print edition. A bachelor's degree in journalism or a degree in the communications field is required. The News-Press offers competitive salary and excellent benefits package. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and clips to....

If I remember correctly, the last time it was an award winning paper was when Jerry Roberts was at the helm or shortly thereafter and still reflected his work -- perhaps I am wrong?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm intrigued by the remarks:

The right candidates will have the ability to give our Web site a boost by helping create the kind of interactive content that will have readers wanting to come back for more and check out our print edition.

Any insiders want to explain what this is about?

10/12/2007 8:45 PM  
Blogger Cookie Jill said...

Heh..heh! ;-)

10/12/2007 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the 25+ years I worked there, the NP never had a problem finding reporters and editors, even with the high cost of living of SB. Hmmmm.

10/13/2007 5:53 AM  
Blogger Citizen Stringer said...

While the Daily Sound certainly can use more news writers, the first article by Guzik last week was a puff piece profile about the services of a consultant company that also is a big and frequent advertiser in the same newspaper.

At least they did not place the ad on the same page of the article. It was a page or two later in that Daily Sound issue.

Guzik will have a lot of good work to do to prove she is a credible news reporter, although salsipuedesing from the News-Press-Mess-Less-Suppress is a good first start to redemption.

10/13/2007 8:28 AM  
Anonymous aninsideview said...

What's missing from the News-Press's help wanted ads at is that newly hired reporters should not mind writing or having their stories edited to reflect the unpredictable whims of the paper's owner, Wendy McCaw, and to lend credence to the hate-spewing editorials by her puppet DUI 0.23 percent BAC editorial page editor Travis Armstrong.

But newby reporter Tom Risen has apparently resigned himself to sacrificing his integrity to appease his business editor, Dale Rim, who winces at the mere thought of displaying integrity if it means missing a paycheck. A perfect match!

And Rim is so close to his "extreme embellisher" boss, Associate Editor Scott Steepleton, that you'd think they're attached as Siamese twins!

How can an fabulously wealthy owner/publisher in her right mind CHOOSE to hire zombies like Rim and Steepleton as her top editors in the newsroom?!!!

And what respectable reporter would work for Rim and Steepleton? Zombies don't think, they just groan, bite and eat your brains! That's scary stuff.

Risen's dad is a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter at the New York Times. But I wonder why his dad did not learn from the Times' Jayson Blair fiasco and how so many top editors had to resign over not catching Blair's many falsified stories. That tainted the Times' credibility!

You would think Risen's dad would have warned his son to stay away from the News-Press so as not to ruin the Risen name and their future credibility as journalists.

I guess money talks even when bullshit walks in the shoes of a newspaper's owner and management.

10/13/2007 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear CS: Why does she have anything to prove to you?

10/13/2007 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a call asking me to re-subscribe. Among the enticements: "We are under new management." My heart skipped a beat. "Really," I said. "Who is the new management?" "I am sorry I don't have that information," the solicitor said. I hung up.

The more things change, the more they stay the same...yet another confusing, bias, half-story story from the SB Noose-Press.

10/13/2007 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SBNP certainly will have a lot of work to do on the website. First there is the lack of content in both the paper and digital versions. Then there is the problem that nothing is really available on the website without a subscription except classified ads, ridiculous "commentary" spews and headlines. Click on the headline "more" link and you see LESS! The website is neither informative or hospitable. What a load of idiots over there running what used to be an "award winning" paper.

10/13/2007 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The News-Press job ads about a competitive salary and excellent benefits package is a crock. Ask any of the new hires, who have to go through a temp agency so Wendy doesn't have to pay any benefits AT ALL and barely any salary, can fire them at will, and doesn't have to worry about them joining the Teamsters.

You want to know why the News-Press can't find any decent reporters and has a bunch of clowns for editors like Dale Rim? That's why.

10/13/2007 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got a door to door saleswoman that was probably no more than 16 years old. Started off by saying she was a student that wanted to earn a scholarship to continue her education. To earn a scholarship she needed people to sign up for the daily newspaper. I asked what newspaper would that be? She said the Santa Barbara News-Press.
Another new low by Wendy.

10/13/2007 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not too critical of young reporters like Hannah Guzik and Vlad Kogan.

Like many just-out-of-college journalists, they came to their first daiily newspaper hoping to learn from experienced and ethical editors.

Both left after realizing those opportunities wouldn't be available at the News-Press under Wendy McCaw's ownership.

10/13/2007 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey CS: The City of Santa Barbara is also a frequent advertiser in the Daily Sound. Does that mean they shouldn't write about good things the city does?

I don't understand why people say they wish there was more good news in the media these days, then they criticize the news outlets because they suspect bias toward an advertiser.

Give me a break.

10/13/2007 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Snarky said...

At least the the Sound required Advertising to influence the article.

In the NP, all you need to be is a subscriber to influence content... oh, and have the name Rob Lowe

10/14/2007 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Give our Web site a boost"?

Gimmmmeeee a break, Wendy McCaw...the Web train has done left the station, and the news-press is not on board.

Edhat, craigsmithsblog, the daily, the dailysound's website, and blogabarbara are collectively the now and future "voice of santa barbara county"

10/14/2007 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is "interactive" about the News-Press website? Anybody know?

10/15/2007 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "let them read cake" News-Press website has been out of touch with the commoners for so long that Noozhawk is joining the other electronic rabble storming the white castle on DLG, starting tomorrow according to Craig Smith.

How's that for "interactive"?

10/15/2007 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

craitsmithsblog is not news, it has become a bore since he has become soooo obsessed with trying to come up with different ways of insulting McCaw's physical appearance. Maybe he should take a look in the mirror and shave off that funny thing on his chinny chin chin.

10/15/2007 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The N-P Web site is a hoot.

Even if you don't subscribe you can still get a chuckle or two there.

Go to Site Index, then down to About Us. Click on Newspapers in Education, then Newspaper Terminology.

Check out the byline on the story!

10/15/2007 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When a paper wins an award, it is still an "award winning paper" even after the staff leaves.

10/15/2007 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that the Independent, the Daily Sound and Noozhawk each have as many or more experienced reporters than the News-Press?

If Noozhawk does a good job with sports, it could be another nail i the coffin of the non-freebie.

10/16/2007 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't criticize CS for one of the most astute observations over the history of their posts.

If Kogan or Guzik continued to be employed by NP most of you would want them hung up at the entrance to the city. But once they achieve the exalted state of NP departed, the few the vocal and the idiotic who post here will quickly pounce on any non politically correct analysis. How will you treat TRAVIS and SCOTTY when they finally get the boot?

It's not her fault really... Jeramy could have been a tad bit more tactful with the advertorial he assigned to her. But on the other hand if it gets the paper printed and the paychecks dont bounce, it's all good to me.

10/18/2007 6:42 PM  

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