Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at 3:52 pm in General, Odds & Ends.
Calling all Twitter Tweeps. Follow me at www.twitter.com/Noceda_Reports for story links, news updates, announcements and random observations around town…
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whats up with everybody making the move to Twitter? whats it about?
I think you nailed it Alex. I suspect Twitter is cheaper. If the newspaper is not going to use this site more, it is kind of worthless. Please don’t tell me the most exciting thing is Hayward is a two headed snake.
We don’t make money off the blog and we don’t make money off Twitter. They’re just things we use as services/conveniences for our readers. Sometimes the blog doesn’t get updated for a while because we’re busy. There are only 4 reporters and 1 editor covering an area of 300,000 people. Kris can Tweet from his phone because it’s fast (there’s a 140-word limit per Tweet) and he always has his phone with him. That’s a little harder for the blog. And things we post up on the blog are things we think people might find interesting or talk about. It doesn’t mean they’re the “most exciting” things we have to offer…just things we think you might want to know about, or sometimes they’re quirky. All that said, we do want to blog more, so that it provides a forum for you to discuss your opinions with other readers. It’s just a matter of time, resources and what’s going on in any given day/week…
So is the purpose of tweet’n just another attempt to hide information and opinions that is shared to the taxpayers and general community? I fail to see very little information on the total local interests of Hayward’s school’s and city government in our so-called local “Hayward Daily Review.” If I wanted to know about local schools and goverment in Union City, Fremont or Newark, wouldn’t it make sense to subscribe to the Argus. Is the Daily review trying to hide something at times?
The Hayword at least gives local community members a chance to relay information and opinions that are not always caught by reporters.
We are the reporters of the community and are stronger in numbers than a few employees of the ANG, all we ask for is a bulletin board such as the Hayword for posting information and public comments.
I’m sure many would agree.
Perhaps I can shed some light. Kristofer’s foray into Twitter is not intended to replace the blog, print coverage or anything else. It’s merely there for people who like Twitter and want to follow him on it. Twitter is rapidly gaining in popularity, so Kris saw a need to have a Daily Review presence there for anyone who might want to avail themselves of it.
As for the increased Union City, Fremont and Newark coverage…we have always run Union City coverage. But the additional Fremont and Newark stories are because the papers are so understaffed, most days we are required to combine with the news section of the Argus. The Argus editor and I work together to pick story placement, etc. It’s not an ideal situation, I am well aware (and so is the Argus), but with the industry in the state it’s in, and with staffing the way it is, we have to do this until the economy starts to improve. I realize this will invite criticism, but I think most people have some knowledge as to the difficult state of the journalism industry…mostly because of the downturn in the economy, which has reduced advertising dollars because retail and real estate (two of our biggest sources of advertising) are taking a big hit.
Do we have few employees? Yes. We have 4 reporters working for the local news section of the Review. Is there a way I can fix that? No…not right now. We’re in a hiring freeze. Are we doing the best we can with what we’ve got? Absolutely. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes that the average Joe doesn’t see and/or understand. I have to grant vacations and give days off to my reporters, so I’m sure you can see where we run into problems when people are gone. Is this a “poor me”-type of post expected to evoke sympathy? No. Just merely trying to shed some light on things so that you know we are not just sitting on our hackles doing nothing. We don’t always have time to blog (posting a blog item at the Review entails almost the same process as developing a story for print), so sometimes things don’t show up for a while. Our main focus is the print product and meeting deadlines.
Just trying to be as honest with you as I can, folks…
Gosh. Maybe you all should intern some students from the Journelism dept at Cal Esat Bay or something to fill out some of the local stories….
We are working on getting a CSUEB student bureau going…our company already has something similar going with SF State and UC Berkeley (the students earn credits towards their journalism degrees). It’s just a matter of who’s going to run/oversee it, and coordinating with the university.
All of you who do not yet have a Twitter account yet, should try it. Its a quick easy way to get information, from all over the world.
I very much appreciate the Noceda Report.
Thanks for the response. I have also noted that Leadership High School Hayward’s Class of 09 graduates were not listed in your paper. We wouldn’t want to not celebrate these 82 students, would we?
Unfortunately, despite repeated attempts, HUSD has not sent me the list.
Interesting. I don’t think they are associated with HUSD. Try calling them at 300-1340. They are a charter school with great scholars.
And most of the HUSD is now closed.
Aw heck, I am not official, but from the program:
All members of this class are going to college:
Tony Huynh (valedictorian)
That’s all folks!
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