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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #255 on: November 06, 2021, 11:15:00 AM »
Geez - even the obituaries aren't safe!

Who doesn't know the difference between "formally" and "formerly"? Hasn't anyone at this paper mastered the language yet?

I respectfully request that they show some respect for the deceased and their families and PROOFREAD these things. This isn't the only embarrassing thing they've done in this section.

And no - I don't know the deceased person.


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #256 on: November 11, 2021, 07:50:56 PM »
Is "touchdown celebration" the first thing that comes to mind when you look at this picture?

It looks more like he's saying, "Get that camera outta my face!" or "Get me a better caption writer".



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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #257 on: December 23, 2021, 11:27:27 AM »
"Merry Christmas........We're not publishing on 12/24 or 12/25!"

See for yourself - it's right in the top of the front page of today's paper (below - click to enlarge). Look at the date...............have you ever seen a 3-day publication date before? It's as if all the news that occurs today, tomorrow and Saturday is included in today's paper. How prescient of them!

Merry Christmas from The Record - Friend of the people it serves...............unless it's a holiday.


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #258 on: December 30, 2021, 05:32:45 PM »
"Happy New Year......Today's paper is your last of 2021 AND your first of 2022"

So this is a thing now, huh? Should we expect the same on Presidents' Day, Valentines Day and National Pie Day (January 23)?

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #259 on: January 09, 2022, 11:17:20 AM »
Kind of a large boo-boo on the front page of today's sport's section:

Last April, the Jets traded quarterback Sam Darnold. A few weeks later, they selected quarterback Zach Wilson with the #2 overall draft pick.

This article was about Wilson's best plays so far this season, which ends for the Jets today.

The first sentence tells you what the play was about. The last sentence tells you that the QB who is no longer with the team made the play.

Oops!



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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #260 on: January 13, 2022, 04:52:09 PM »
they just had an editorial today that they are not printing on Saturday anymore.   just another reason to cancel...  that and the 5 dollar "special" editions that you dont want but cannot opt out of...

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #261 on: February 24, 2022, 09:19:41 AM »
The Record didn't have a Saturday edition when I started working there as a reporter in the late 1970s (1978-9), and I recall the Borgs started publishing one in the late 1980s, when I was on the copy desk, but still writing a monthly road test of a new car. I started doing the road tests as part of my Business News beat covering the auto importers in Bergen County (Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and others).

Space was so tight in the Saturday paper that my car review was cut and done crudely.

As a Business News reporter, I also wrote stories analyzing whether Alfa Romeo and Peugeot would be able to continue doing business in the U.S. by marketing a comeback model; neither was able to do so. 

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #262 on: February 27, 2022, 03:07:32 PM »
Gannett says circulation of The Record
and North Jersey.com dropped dramatically in 2021


Shrinks to 39,683 daily, 48,684 on Sunday

https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2022/02/readers-continued-to-drop-record-and.html

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #263 on: March 13, 2022, 06:15:03 PM »
Not having a good day? This paper's not having a good weekend.

So we got through the first Saturday without having a physical newspaper. The only bad thing I noticed with the online-only version was the lack of the evening's TV grid - a very necessary part of a newspaper. I'm hoping it was just an oversight that will be corrected next Saturday.

But that hope seems to have been shot down today (Sunday). No grid again..........and I'll bet there won't be one anymore during the rest of the week. Instead there were 11 items listed under the heading "What To Watch". I think I'd rather make my own choices from a grid listing of a couple hundred shows than from what some unknown person selects.

I'd be happy to lose that above bet, but then I saw something else under the "What To Watch" listing. It started off with "Prefer TV Grids?"

It was an ad for TV Weekly magazine ("Get expanded coverage delivered to your door!"). Oh goodie - something else to pay extra for..........just like those idiotic Subscriber-Exclusive Special Editions they make us pay extra for, even though no one wants them.

And they just happened to include one in today's paper - a useless 12-page one titled "Spirits of the South - A Journey Through the Region's Best Distilleries and Bars".

WHO CARES ABOUT THAT? WHY MUST WE PAY FOR THIS DRIVEL?

They've also replaced the Sunday Jumble with a weekday-type one, but the answer won't show up in the paper until next Sunday...............UNLESS you go to usatoday.puzzleanswers.com. To make up for this inconvenience, they've added even more of their never-ending supply of puzzles and games that no one wants - more useless filler.


On to the next disaster in today's paper............where else?............the Sports section.

Pages 3S and 4S have the EXACT SAME ARTICLE (verbatim!) about NFL quarterbacks' salaries (first pic). The only differences are that each used a different picture of Aaron Rodgers and Page 4's title has 4 extra words in it. That's it!

To show you how truly back-to-back they are, I held the page up to a light. Look at the headlines! (second pic).

Lastly, I didn't think their horribly inept caption-writing could get any worse, but guess what?

Now they're loading them with TONS of absolutely useless and unprovable information. These two little gems (third pic) were both on page 6S today.

Take the top one: what shows that he just flew out......or that it was to left field? How do we know that there were two runners on base and why would that matter if they were? What indicates that this occurred in the first inning or that the Red Sox were the opponent or the year was 2020?

HOW IS ANY OF THIS HELPFUL?

The first 7 words are the only provable part of this 28-word mess of a caption.


In the bottom image, he might be throwing to first base, but what indicates to us who the runner was (or even what team was the opponent) or what inning or year it was (it could be in Denver, but I'm not that familiar with their home jerseys).

A caption is supposed to tell us what's visible in the picture and most of this tripe doesn't do that.

And oh-by-the-way.........they're STILL writing that a photo's subject "reacts" when they show a photo in which he or she is just standing there doing nothing, but they never say what that person is reacting to, which makes the caption beyond useless.

And don't get me started about their cringe-worthy use of "looks on".

Other than all that, everything's peachy.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #264 on: March 18, 2022, 08:26:34 AM »
Also, "passed away" is a huge no-no on newspaper copy desks (The Record and NorthJersey.com don't have copy desks any longer). People "die." Obviously, it was done to fill space in the headline.

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Re: My favorite paper did not have a good day today
« Reply #265 on: March 20, 2022, 07:30:46 PM »
The print edition is getting sloppier and sloppier. The first pic below is the E-Edition of part of the front page of today's Sports section. In the print edition (second image), the swimmer swam down into the basketball coverage. I don't think I've ever seen that before. How could someone in charge not catch a flub like that before it was sent out?

That's not all they missed. Most of four different pages were unreadable (last 2 images).

I think they're softening us up to crave "the much better-looking e-edition". I guess we'll know soon enough.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #266 on: April 03, 2022, 11:55:04 AM »
Here's another idiotic caption from yesterday's Sports section of The Record that's filled with unprovable "facts". In the space of 25 words, there are 6 uninteresting, space-filling suppositions that don't necessarily show what's in this 6-year-old picture of a long-retired player.

A better caption might be, "David Wright sticks his tongue out while making a throw." THAT at least accurately describes what you see, which is supposed to be the purpose of captions.


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #267 on: April 06, 2022, 11:05:22 AM »
From the New Jersey Globe: Gannett charging more
for the newspaper it has turned to shit


READ:https://newjerseyglobe.com/media/massive-price-increase-at-the-bergen-record/