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McKinleyville Dandy

Based on a cryptic post on the McKinleyville Press blog, it appears former North Coast Journal editor Hank Sims has found a new home for his popular column, the Town Dandy.

Thus, Dandy fans will have to pay for their weekly Hank.  Unlike the NCJ, the McK Press costs money and doesn’t put its columns online.

  1. Hank Sims
    March 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    That’s only a portion of the story, though! Stay tuned!

    Or so I hear, anyway…

  2. Anonymous
    March 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    If a newspaper doesn’t put its wares online, it’s not long for this world, IMHO.

  3. Anonymous
    March 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Uh oh, this sounds suspiciously hybrid.

  4. Anonymous
    March 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    the McK Press is good enough that people pay to read it

    FTFY.

  5. jackdurham
    March 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    It’s within the realm of hybrid/bastard journalism, more or less. You can also “like” the Mack Town juggernaut on Facebook for news updates or just bookmark the blog. I’d love to give everything away, but that business model doesn’t make sense at this point.

  6. Anon
    March 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    That would vastly improve the Press, which is ok for what it is but short on thoughtful news analysis. I know it’s hard, time and money are short, but it’s too much “he said-she said” type reporting, without investigating the facts. Good move Jack!

  7. tra
    March 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Congrats, Hank, on the new gig.

  8. Hey Jack
    March 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Jack, if you can, keep Hank on the beam of truly thoughtful new analysis. Snappy, not snide, personal attacks. Balance and objectivity, please.

    He starts sniping, I drop your paper.

  9. Decline to State
    March 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Hank would be better off putting the his Dandy on the Humboldt Herald. More cutting edge and I suspect a much a greater readership than the McKinleyville Press.

  10. March 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Less money, though.

  11. anomous
    March 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Wake up H, shit is going down on the Council as we speak..reek….reek….

  12. March 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Yes, Eureka appears to be continuing it’s long history of pretending that 215 is not law.

  13. Anonymous
    March 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Decline to State, the Herald probably has a few hundred readers and a couple dozen fervent commenters. I don’t know the McK Press circulation, but I expect it’s at least 1,000, if not a few thousand, readers.

    As for analysis, Jack weighs in with editorials on the more serious crap in McKinleyville.

  14. March 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I buy a McKinleyville Press every week.

  15. March 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    215 is a sham and a scam and it is amazing that we waste all this time and money regulating something you can get by sticking a seed into a pot full of dirt. What an incredible waste of time and what an incredible amount of damage this insanity has caused. “heraldaffi”

  16. Not A Native
    March 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Hank certainly has a following, includig myself. But I don’t think he’ll be getting as many leads and tips as he did at the NCJ. He also won’t have the financial backing to pursue FOIA requests and resist pressure from advertisers. With a readership that likes “Ain’t it Good”, the McP doesn’t encompass Hank’s demographic. But maybe it’ll get a new subscriber in Ken Miller.

  17. March 1, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    While Heraldo may be the king of blogs, he can’t compete with the Mack Press corporate jet and VIP seating at ALL professional sporting events. So, yes, Hank has entered a new level of hybrid royalty.

  18. Anonymous
    March 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Native, the cost of FOIA requests is insignificant unless a state agency refuses to comply.

    Who do you believe is Hank’s demographic?

  19. jackdurham
    March 1, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    In response to Anon, March 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Jack responds: There’s a lot of BS on blogs, especially in the anonymous comments. But your criticisms of my newspaper I agree with. We need more informed analysis on local issues. That’s a weakness we need to improve on. Thank you.

  20. AJ
    March 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Here’s one (of many) reasons the McKinleyville Press sells newspapers. A McKinleyville mother wrote some poorly worded information about her son earning a spot on a dean’s list. She took it to the Times-Standard and was, according to her, asked, “Why would we want to print this?” You can imagine how it completely deflated her elation.

    My wife suggested she submit the same information to Jack. “Who’s Jack?” Long story short, Jack interviewed her, obtained a photo and ran it with other school news. The mother’s response? “I should probably subscribe to that, huh?”

    It’s a simple business formula. Along with all the government and political news, include news that is really important to people and spurs them to buy an issue, or multiple issues.

  21. funnygirl
    March 2, 2011 at 8:02 am

    The McK Press has a crossword, this blog does not. Nuff said.

  22. March 2, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I am a proud member of the “Hank-ographic” Resistance is futile, you too will be assimilated, eventually. Unless you pray to Pollyanna and read the USA Today.
    Not a lot of people willing to talk about 800lb gorillas and be brave enough to give their real names.
    Let the “Sniping” begin.

  23. March 2, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Just wait till you see what that bastard sims is up to. Oh, the web we weave.

  24. Anonymous
    March 2, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Anyone know what the paid circulation of the McK Press is? Jack?

  25. Decline to State
    March 2, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I’m not sure what the circulation for the McKinleyville Press is (1000, Anon 8:17?) but the Herald went over 100,000 postings clear last June. Surly a force to be reckoned with!

    …but then again there is that “paycheck” thing.

  26. Anonymous
    March 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Decline to State, the number of postings has nothing to do with readership. Nada. Zero. Zilch.

    Worse, it muddies web statistics. You can’t even gauge by a traffic report’s unique visitors because the vast majority of visitors will be unrelated, non-Humboldt users coming in via search engines — the more postings a blog has, the more useless visitors who load a single page and leave because this was most definitely not what they were searching for.

  27. Another anon
    March 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

    10:18 is correct. Notice how many postings are made each day by the same people. I’ll bet tra has topped 100 postings on some days.

    Same for number of hits. Most are probably from the same pool of 100 or so interested readers.

    Got to admit, I check in almost daily to get the scoop of the day. About 20% of the time the scoop is not total poop.

  28. Anonymous
    March 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I think 10:09 and 10:18 are referring to two different things.

    Posts = stuff Heraldo has written.

    Comments = stuff everyone else appends to the end of Heraldo’s posts.

    Neither one indicates the size of the readership. With so many Anons, and probably a few people posting under several pseudonyms, there’s no reliable way to tell how many people are participating on the blog, let alone reading the blog.

  29. Anonymous
    March 2, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Check out Alexa’s view of the Herald.

    Alexa is notorious for inflating traffic stats for sites not actually registered to use the service, but it tries its best. The top search traffic comes from people looking for “Eureka City Schools.” The second is for “corporate personhood” (a broad national issue, probably mostly non-local users). “Pulp mill art” ranks seventh.

  30. Another anon
    March 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Do the math 12:03. If “Posts = stuff Heraldo has written.”, and Heraldo has been posting for 5 years, he/she would have to post around 54 scoops/day to total 100,000 posts.

  31. March 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    There are currently 2,292 on the Humboldt Herald.

  32. Uppity Too?
    March 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    The Press is an earnest publication that covers civics, schools, community. AJ describes it well at 7:51.

    Hank is not interested in the mundane daily stuff happening in McKinleyville, Trinidad and Orick. Eureka is his beat. He’ll be out of his element commenting on the MCSD and calling McKinleyville kids “ignorant little snots”.

  33. AJ
    March 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Jack does a good job of limiting the newspaper’s focus to the Mck-Trinidad-Orick region, with exception of reports from Daniel Mintz. I appreciate the relative lack of overlap with the Times-Standard.

    However, Mack residents who read newspapers care about county politics. Increasingly, Cutten issues apply to McKinleyville, and we’re waking up to the fact that decisions are being made about our town by people who don’t live in our town. If Hank is writing about politics, he’ll be read.

  34. Goldie
    March 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    No NCJ out today?

  35. March 2, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    It’s out.

  36. RAMDX
    March 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

    It’s out but it was late, very late.

  37. Sam Spade
    March 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Hank used to report on the inner workings of the empire but now he will have a smaller pulpit. Perhaps his very own web page or blog?…

  38. Groan
    March 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Knowing the difference between it’s and its should be a requirement for having a blog. See post of March 1 at 8:03 p.m.

  39. Mitch
    March 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    As an apostropholic myself, geez, cut Heraldo a break.

    Heraldo, if you want to help Groan out, you can always delete one from where it belong’s.

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