Entries from November 22nd, 2011

A Small Step Forward

November 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Yesterday l was astounded by the big story missing from the Monday edition of the Albuquerque Journal – the Supercommittee’s failure to agree. Still reeling from that inexplicable decision, I opened my Journal this morning (Tuesday) to find three treatments of what happened. Editors front-paged a follow up by Michael Coleman of […]

[Read more →]

Tags:····

Greasing and Oiling the Journal Narrative

November 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier I’d like to borrow a phrase aptly coined by my colleague, Arthur Alpert, when he wrote that the Journal has engaged in a “narrative” against solar energy (through its overkill running of Solyndra stories, casting a “guilt by association” pall on otherwise noncontroversial solar stories that pop up on business and news […]

[Read more →]

Tags:··················

Did Communication Breakdown Cause Latest News Hole?

November 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Astounding! I refer to this morning’s Albuquerque Journal, so stunning that I almost misused a word. After scouring the Monday, Nov. 21 edition for a story I never found, the word “feckless” sprang to mind. Happily, I realized I had no idea what it meant (or even what “feck” was) so I […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Still Averse to Editing

November 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier It’s somewhat understandable that the Journal would widen its news coverage by supplementing reporter-generated stories with Op-Ed page space for columns by experts. But columns are usually poor substitutes for news stories. More often than not, these columns are self-serving pieces from groups with an agenda, usually promoting or criticizing an industry, […]

[Read more →]

Tags:·····

A Pattern of Omission

November 19th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert It’s perhaps a newspaper’s most fundamental decision – what to cover and what to ignore. For a critic, it’s easier to examine what is published, of course, than identify what’s missing. But when you can do the latter and, better yet, find discernible patterns in the tapestry of unpublished news, that’s very […]

[Read more →]

Tags:·····

Solyndra Overkill

November 16th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert The Albuquerque Journal ran two more Solyndra stories today, Wednesday, Nov. 16. There was a Washington Post news story on A3 and an Op Ed arguing that Solyndra’s bust is just the latest in a long line of poor energy investments by Washington on A9. Since Solyndra filed for bankruptcy at the […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

“Big Thump Thursday”

November 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Those in the business have long been aware that the Thanksgiving edition of the Albuquerque Journal is the heaviest, thickest paper bundle of the year. Historically, that’s always been the case because the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year, and advertisers literally go heavy on the inserts […]

[Read more →]

Tags:········

Bigger News Hole

November 10th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Yesterday I pointed out that the Wednesday Nov. 9 issue of the Albuquerque Journal lacked three significant national stories. But the news hole was quite small, I noted, so maybe that was the explanation. I figured we’d get a better idea from the next day’s newspaper. Well, the Journal published again Thursday, […]

[Read more →]

Tags:·······

News Hole, Nov. 9, 2011

November 9th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Let us stipulate (as the lawyers say) that the Wednesday, Nov. 9 issue of the Albuquerque Journal was thin and the news hole – what remains for news after the editors place advertisements and certain required elements – was very small. That said, the Nov. 9 Journal did not report the following: […]

[Read more →]

Tags:······

Quick Takes

November 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier An inward groan was my reaction to the opinion column headline, “’Bama’s Immigration Law Backfires in Fields” in the Albuquerque Journal (Oct. 26). Now accustomed to articles and headlines blaming President Obama for all sorts of things, it appeared at first glance this was another attack – and abbreviating the name as […]

[Read more →]

Tags:·······················