KSL.com announced it was suspending comments from readers today. Perhaps that was a bad idea as commenters will often point out innocent and not so innocent copy errors like the one in this title.
Feedback is good, even if you disagree with what is said or the tone it is said in.
I’ll post a more comprehensive article about this topic in the future.
Within a twelve-hour period, the shape of the Latter Day Saints media operations has been turned on its side. While some see the downsizing of the Deseret News to be a sign of financial weakness, I see that move and the independence of church owned Brigham Young University football to be the foundation of a Mormon media empire.
Let’s go back a few steps though and let me explain why I’ve come to this conclusion.
I’m a college football fan. It is my favorite spectator sport. Off season usually has a merry-go-round of coaching changes. This off-season the merry-go-round included conference realignment. First it was the possibility of the Big 12 dissolving and then a PAC-10 superconference. What wound up happening was a complete realignment in the West…namely the Mountain West Conference and the Western Athletic Conference.
Soon after Utah accepted a move to the PAC 10, we were made aware of BYU’s desire to go independent in football and move its other sports to a new conference. Plans to move back to the WAC dissolved when the MWC invited Nevada and Fresno St. to join and they accepted. Many people thought BYU would stay in the Mountain West. I didn’t. Neither did Kurt Kragthorpe.
Around the same time, I was reading about the Deseret News planning to shift its operations. It looked to many to be a cost cutting move, but it’s not. It’s a complete realignment of the religion’s media empire. They’re not downsizing, they’re consolidating.
Two trends kept coming out during the discussion of both the football conference and the newspaper. First, both divisions were relying on the attention of the built-in religious audience. For football, the school estimated viewership of 60 million world-wide.
Part of BYU’s unhappiness with the MWC stems from the fact that it receives only about $1.5 million in television revenue from the league. It believes it can get more by negotiating its own TV deals, or by televising games on its own network, BYU TV.
For the newspaper, numbers show 60% of its audience is out-of-state viewing online.
…the church connection provides an unusual opportunity to build beyond the typical local audience. Gilbert, who describes himself as “a devout Mormon,” said there has been “a world-wide diaspora (of the faith) and that gives us a chance for a world-wide audience — 60 percent of the traffic is not Utah-based.”That prompts content that “is more thoughtful, more global” than just local breaking news. “We don’t want to be normal,” he continued, citing, as an example, coverage of church relief projects “improving people’s lives” after the Haiti earthquake.
Here’s the official version that came out yesterday:
SALT LAKE CITY SEO COMPANY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF UTAH BLOGGER CONTEST
Online PR News – 31-October-2009 – Utah Internet marketing company SEO by Swaby is pleased to announce the winners of its Utah’s Top Blogger contest. This announcement concludes the month long contest that asked visitors to judge local blogs based on frequency of posts, quality of posts and the sense of community of the blog. The winner of the contest is Brandy Roth, with Bob DeLong, Heather Armstrong, Janet Thaeler and Jesse Stay as finalists. A complete wrap-up can be seen at the SEO by Swaby blog.
While many people thought the hands-down winner would be Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com, the contest structure leveled the playing field and amateur bloggers ended up winning. Until October 16th the contest was open to nominations. Winner Brandy Roth was a late entry. “The final list of nominees included:
Scott D. Pierce
Sean P. Means
The nominee list was a compilation of a variety of bloggers including journalists, tech oriented writers, Internet marketers, real estate writers, infamous bloggers and Mormon mommy bloggers. For additional information on the Utah’s top blogger contest, please go to https://seobyswaby.wordpress.com/utahs-top-bloggers.
They’ve fired all the editors or at least off shored them to Eastern Moldavia. This story on Barnes & Noble’s new e-book reader the Nook appeared this morning on CNN. My tech friends on Facebook were talking about it, so I decided to check it out.
I’m a stickler for details, so I was shocked to see a spelling error in the subheading. When I re-read the article I saw a grammatical error on the fourth line of the subheading. This is above the fold stuff people!
The screen shot is above in case they fix the error. Sadly, they probably won’t. And we wonder why the press is going down hill…