Once upon a time on a local blog an anonymous reader challenged Media Maven Marcy Burstiner to critique the paper in which her column appears. This week she delivered.
Her chief complaint against the North Coast Journal is cover story wordiness. “A story needs to deserve its length,” she writes. “A writer has to consider each word in it as if it were money — it has to be well-spent.”
Her criticisms are valid when it comes to some stories, but we disagree with her comparison of the Bill the Chimp article to the Titanic. The outcomes of both are known in advance, but Bill was fresh. It was a tribute and requiem for the newly dead rather than a retelling of ancient history.
Burstiner suggests two half-size stories would be more palatable than the weekly plat du jour. Maybe, but it’d ruin the cover’s grand theme.
Agree or not, you have to appreciate her use of toilet imagery. Unless, perhaps the article she criticized is yours.