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09/27/2012

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Richard J. Marcej

I thought Jethro was an Eaton man.
(Jed Clampet;:"Knowin' Jethro, I think he went ta eatin' as soon as he was born.")

Which just goes to prove I know too much worthless trivia....

Mike Peterson

You've got the quote nearly perfect. It's in the episode embedded at the bottom of this post. The exchange is definitely worth the click and the time -- but if you're in a hurry, skip up to 5:00 for the Oxford portion, and then go to 20:00 for the Eton part.

And I want special credit from the Blog Snob Monitoring Society for working Eton into the blog twice within a week. We're pretty high-tone around here.

Sherwood Harrington

Oh, yes, the San Jose Mercury News, that little pamphlet that shows up at our front gate every morning, more or less. My biggest remaining fear (all the others long since having been realized) is that they will some day realize that the most valuable part of the package is the rubber band it's wrapped in. When they stop giving us rubber bands, I stop the subscription.

Really. I'm serious this time.

Mary in Ohio

The Akron Beacon Journal used to be Knight-Ridder, and I have gone with all 3 of the sites you mentioned and yes, I tried to navigate the all K-R site many years ago and it WAS gawdawful - and now you've confirmed that it WASN'T me, or my browser, or my ISP or my laptop. Whew.

Mike Peterson

The important thing, for those of us in journalism, is not the value of the rubber bands. It's the value of the boxes they come in -- solid, double-walled corrugated cardboard, of a size that you can fill with books and still lift, or stash under the bed.

I'm not sure the guys in the newsroom know about the boxes, but when the next round of cuts comes, they'll be delivering papers, too, and then they'll find out.

Mike Peterson

And, no, Mary, you're not crazy. Except in the sense that, when everyone else ... oh, never mind.

Fruitbat

What is a newspaper trade secret? The identity of Deep Throat?

Mike Peterson

Newspaper trade secrets a publisher would have access to: Lists of advertisers and advertiser contacts and how much each spent, since you couldn't know by looking at the paper whether someone was given a special deal -- or why. Ditto with prices of supplies, schedules of special editions (ahead of time), how contracts for delivery are structured, payroll specifics and details of labor negotiation strategies, etc. Overall goals and strategies for the near and long-range future.

Some of these, of course, a publisher would know at least in a general sense without stealing computer files, but that's why you have non-compete clauses -- and why he tried to trash all record of the existence of them.

Newsroom secrets? Not so much, though a publisher would possibly know who Deep Throat was. It would depend on the publisher's level of trust with the senior editors -- some would prefer not to know, others would insist on being in the loop, at least on something likely to result in a lawsuit. When I had my notes subpoenaed, I turned over some stuff to the publisher, who locked them in a safe, and some other stuff, gosh, I had already thrown out.

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