Jun 25, 2009

Four in the afternoon

1. A different kind of grunion run near Long Beach. Paul Oberjuerge reports on the swarm of resumes that landed on the desk of Harry Saltzgaver, executive editor of the Grunion and Downtown gazettes, a pair of small weekly newspapers in the South Bay, when he advertised an entry level features job. Oberjuerge writes:
Lots and lots and lots of us out there. Former print people, out of the business, willing to get back in for a weekly most of us wouldn’t have looked at (except perhaps to run or buy) just a few months ago. And “entry level” is what, $9 an hour? Benefits? Not sure, but maybe not. And the new “kid” likely will be doing all the drudge work, too.
2. Huffington Post goes Big Apple. On Monday, the site launched its New York edition:
We are also teaming up the Gotham Gazette and the Brooklyn Rail to combine their local reporting experience with our citizen journalism outreach to dig deep into important local stories. And we'll be working with the Mayor's office to highlight and help in its efforts to encourage and facilitate service among New Yorkers.
3. Nieman Lab examines why a spike in online traffic rarely equates to spikes in revenue from the accompanying ads (which is, perhaps, a good thing). (h/t Bloggasm)

4. Another bad day for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Several media sites report that $11,000 in taxpayer money was used to cover a trip to Argentina in June of last year. Sanford said he'd repay the state.This should certainly turn up the volume on those calling for him to resign. From the Wall Street Journal:
In a statement released after inquiries by The Wall Street Journal Thursday, the South Carolina state Department of Commerce said more than $11,000 in state funds were spent to cover the cost of Mr. Sanford and another state employee to travel to Argentina in June 2008. There is no indication that state funds were spent on Mr. Sanford's most recent six-day trip to Argentina, during which time his staff said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

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