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Hybrid journalism fail

According to the North Coast Journal website, “College of the Redwoods, [and] other area schools [are] closed due to tsunami alert.”

Don’t panic, this is obviously last week’s news.  But the stale headline highlights troubled waters at the Eureka-based weekly following the surprise announcement of a new editor and a focus on hybrid journalism — a mix of paper and internet news — two months ago.

Of course, the Journal lost its “web guru” after that announcement, but how many reporters does it take to change a featured link?

  1. Owltotem
    March 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Maybe we could help, the journal could give Heraldo administrative rights to the webpage and Heraldo could let his bloggers up date it :) Just a thought :) Owl

  2. Anonymous
    March 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Wait, so I can send my kids back to school now?

  3. Anonymous
    March 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    They’ve brought the speed of print to the arena of electronic journalism.

  4. March 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Most companies don’t yet realize they need a full-time person just to manage the website. A lot of places just try to do it in the margins. Somebody has to be on it every day. My own blog suffers from this indifference. I’m considering firing me.

  5. Anonymous
    March 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    It takes a day for them to upload the stories from the paper copy that comes out on Wednesday. Shouldn’t that be the other way around – eCopy comes out faster than it can be printed?
    And of course their blog is a sea spam.
    Hybrid journalism indeed – perhaps a Mielke cartoon is in order?

  6. Bob
    March 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    It was rather interesting for me to read that blog. Thanks for it. I like such topics and everything connected to them. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.

  7. Bob
    March 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

  8. Derral Campbell
    March 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    You funny,Bob.

  9. walt
    March 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Maybe he meant hypoid rather than hybrid. Not quite hybrid, but it beats a worm drive.

  10. Owltotem
    March 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Heraldo, can’t we help them? you can build it you have the technology, here’s the lead story.

    News Story
    Medical Waste Incinerator Proposed for Peninsula Pulp Mill Site

    In a historic vote last week, congress passed the “renewable energy procurement act” . The legislation is intended to encourage energy generation using renewable resources. On the list of new renewable resources are:

    – Tires, because we are not going to stop driving

    – Redevelopment Funds, because you might as well burn them.

    – Medical Waste, because Americans are aging, suffering obesity, diabetes, lung disease and a host of other diseases requiring medical treatment, thus generating an ample supply of Medical Waste.

    Former pulp mill CEO stated in an interview with the Jernal, “well there is certainly an abundance of Medical Waste, we can get it here cheap and we have a perfectly good facility just upwind to burn it at. Local increase in lung disease or other health related ailments will serve to replenish the fuel supply, now that’s what I call renewable”.

    The former Simpson Pulp Mill’s FERC permit has been approved and generators are slated to spin next week.

    Want another one? Come on Heraldo let’s make a website for em :)

  11. Been There
    March 19, 2011 at 12:09 am

    That’s NOTHING!

    I’m still waiting for the “free press” to realize the U.S. is an empire…that hiring foreign children doesn’t make child-labor “ok”, that corporations aren’t people, “freedom” doesn’t include profiting from toxic products, that looting public wealth IS NOT a “bailout”, and it’s not our oil under their sand, nor our cobalt for our precious cell-phones in the jungles of the DRC.

    Make no mistake, our small town rags are hardly immune from doing their part to keep it positive and snappy.

  12. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Ok Here’s one

    Eureka City Schools to Open Amusement Park at Zane Campus

    The Eureka City School District, citing declining enrollment and lack of operating capital entered into an agreement with Six Flags to open the School of Hard Knocks Theme Park at the former Zane Junior High School. In a recent interview, the Eureka City Schools Superintendent said “There just aren’t any kids anymore, we don’t know where they all went”.

    Opening day, next Monday, Hard Knocks is anticipating a packed house, student discounts allow park-goers under 18 to enter for $25 each (50%) off the regular gate price.

    The property value of Zane is predicted to increase 10 fold by developing the Six Flags site and the income generated far surpasses any previous traditional educational funding.

    The Board of Education has not decided what to do with the windfall of increased revenue, but will meet in closed session to discuss it next Wednesday at 1:00 am

  13. WhatNow
    March 19, 2011 at 1:19 am

    From “Been There”:

    “I’m still waiting for the “free press” to realize the U.S. is an empire…that hiring foreign children doesn’t make child-labor “ok”, that corporations aren’t people, “freedom” doesn’t include profiting from toxic products, that looting public wealth IS NOT a “bailout”, and it’s not our oil under their sand, nor our cobalt for our precious cell-phones in the jungles of the DRC.”

    Make no mistake, our small town rags are hardly immune from doing their part to keep it positive and snappy.
    Excellent points,Been There!

    The Northcoast Journal appeared to “punt” shortly after Arkley’s paper folded under the condition that he dictate the editorial slant.
    Whether or not a particlular individual managed to keep the website current, it became a mediocre and amatuerish local version of supermatket tabloids.
    The single redeeming feature of NCJ was it’s entertainment section which was itself, riddled with errors and noted for it’s omissions as often as not.
    The “editor” was apparently far more concerned with video stills of himself than in keeping a vibrant or vital journal in commission.

  14. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Work it, Tom!

  15. Decline To State
    March 19, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Perhaps the Journal is just experiencing a “period of adjustment” and that things will be back to normal or even better soon…and perhaps cows will fly.

  16. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Eureka’s New Theme Park Announces Two Exhibits

    The School of Hard Knocks, Eureka, CA, is proud to announce its first two exhibits: Grapes of Wrath and Buds of Buhne.

    The Grapes of Wrath exhibit features a virtual tour of closed area facilities, including a chlorine-free pulp mill and a downtown block of empty storefronts. See real former mill workers as they pay dollar after dollar to simulated Wall Street bankers! Watch them lash out at environmentalists, while the bankers laugh!

    After a virtual trip to the PG&E nuclear cooling pond, we guarantee your kids will glow with excitement. They’ll be ready for a visit to the newly-renamed High Finance Welfare Office, for a dollop of gruel and a heaping helping of advice, warmed by genuine High Finance hot air. (Note: organic gruel $1 extra.)

    Buds of Buhne has suffered from repeated delays, but should be ready by Christmas. Sponsored by the Society of Former Law Officers for Prohibition (S-FLOP), Buds of Buhne will feature a scale model of a CAMP enforcement helicopter, extensive archives of past scare campaigns and, as the main attraction, a selection of local politicians and business community leaders and their drugs of choice, be it Johnnie Walker Black, Marlboros, Lexapro or the Limbaugh special.

    No actual buds were harmed in the creation of this exhibit. Marijuana is illegal!

  17. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 8:22 am

    The New! Northcoast Journal announces a special edition: Murder Advocates We Love, a rundown of all the best in modern Jamaican and Ugandan reggae. Put together by some guy who still thinks the Church of Bob is hysterical, it’s printed on 100% ethics-free paper with rainbow ink.

  18. Plain Jane
    March 19, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Very funny, 8:05.

  19. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Southern Humboldt community greedsters and local casinos are proud to announce a new concept in ticketing, the roulette-wheel-festival-ticket (TM, Patent Pending). Your purchase of $100 or more entitles you to an annual spin of the roulette wheel to find out if your festival will take place (red) and you gain admission (red odd numbers).

    One percent of all realized revenues (*) will be shown to local non-profit organizations, one of which will be allowed in our money-booth for thirty seconds to snag what they can.

    Several airlines have expressed interest in licensing the concept.

    (*) excluding revenues from ticket and concession sales, or revenues requiring reports to the IRS

  20. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Opening at the Arkley: It’s a Wonderful Life

    This heart-warming revival of the Christmas classic features a well-known local hero in the role of the honest banker with a heart of gold. Larry Glass and Linda Atkins will rotate the role of the greedy thief who wants to destroy the town so he can profit. (Mark Lovelace will be the understudy.)

    This clever update is set in early 21st century, in a small Northern California town.

    This production is made possible by tax-deductible cultural grants from the Eureka Chamber of Commerce (“Babbitt was one cool dude!”) and the Ingomar Club (The Ingomar Club: “Keep Out!” since 1978.)

    Reviews in the Eureka Reporter will be glowing. The newspaper is expected to resume publishing prior to opening night.

  21. Mark Sailors
    March 19, 2011 at 8:50 am


  22. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

    “No, No, Nannette”

    The Humboldt State University Drama Department is proud to present a revival of “No, No, Nannette.”

    Nannette grew up in a rural area with a nursing shortage, dreaming of helping others by becoming an RN, and perhaps someday becoming a flight attendant on Horizon.

    But her university couldn’t afford to buy lab equipment, so she’s forced to study deconstructionism instead.

    Years later, a University President has a heart attack, and Nannette can only offer a critique, instead of first-aid. The critique is first-rate, however, and in a heart-warming surprise ending, Nannette becomes the Director of Marketing for a multinational medical marijuana company.

  23. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 9:14 am


    Local non-fossil-fuel alternative energy company seeks liquidators willing to work in mildly radioactive conditions.

    Free uniforms and transportation. Paid training. Incredible retirement benefits. Persons with cancer preferred.

    (rpt until notice)


    Eureka City Schools will be selling the Jefferson School at 1PM today. Cash only, minimum bid $50,000; no educational use permitted. City Council will assist with any rezoning needed to accomodate toxic waste dumps.

  24. Plain Jane
    March 19, 2011 at 9:16 am

    You are very clever, 8:52. Please pick a pseudonym so we can recognize your posts in the crowd of anonymi.

  25. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

    College of the Redwoods to offer two new classes: “English Sentences With Many Words” and “Addition for the College Student.”

    English Sentences with Many Words is designed for the student not yet ready for remedial English. Using the advanced new system from PedaGODS Corporation, students are introduced to nouns, verbs and noun-verb combinations. Course fee: $4. PedaGODS materials are required for participants, and may be rented at the bookstore for $20 per session.

    Addition for the College Student is PedaGODS offering for students who have successfully completed “NUMBERS ARE FUN” but who are not yet ready for pre-pre-prealgebra. Through exercises including drumming, shared opinion sessions, and work with scissors and glue, students learn the same things they’ve been taught in the previous class. The class concludes with a dramatic presentation of the commutative property. Course fee: $4. PedaGODS materials rental required at $25 per class session.

  26. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

    You’re not the boss of me, PJ.

  27. March 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Looking at this I now realize that the NCJ Blogthing’s early exit from the Humboldt Blogger’s Tournament was not so much of an upset after all.

  28. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Skippy’s sister

  29. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

    But thank you.

  30. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Correction. An earlier addition of our catlog left out a prerequisite.

    Admission to English Sentences with Many Words requires that the student previously complete Local Journalism Practicum with a grade of B or higher.

  31. Plain Jane
    March 19, 2011 at 9:39 am

    If I was being bossy I wouldn’t have used the magic word, “please,” 9:27. It was just a suggestion, but nevermind.

  32. Anonymush
    March 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Oh, you said please.

  33. Wonder Bred
    March 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

    On the NCJ website, as of this morning, CR and other schools are still closed. But, there’s a fascinating ramble about the FUD factor that wastes about 6 paragraphs before it gets to the point. But when it does get to the point…boy howdy, he talks to scientist and everything! Plus, he leaves us with this gem near the end of the story: “Whoever is in charge of such stuff ought to start fixing it.” Huh-huh, stuff.

  34. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Readers Move Away from Filmland.

    With once common wisdom and wit noticeably absent, readers are pondering the mysterious disappearance of Charlie Myers and contemplating the move to the never-lonely-lands of Heraldo.

  35. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 9:48 am

    “Do you have stupid listeners, John?” – Tom Abate

    “Do you have stupid readers, Tom?” – Humboldt County

  36. Anonymush
    March 19, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Local Leaders Offered Special PedaGODS Training, Area to Get Training Grants

    The administrative leaders of local universities will be attending special training in the most appropriate use of PedaGODS (TM) Luv2Learn (TM) rental materials.

    The training is completely free of charge to all participants, and transportation is provided. Course 1 will take place in Maui, at the Omni Hotel and Resort, over the weekend of January 5, 2012.

    Course 2 is offered only to those who have purchased two or more PedaGODS subscriptions, and will be in Monaco during February 2012.

    Attendance at all sessions is required. Attendance will not be taken.

    PedaGODS is also pleased to announce that it will completely cover the $4 course fees for the first 100 participants in its renowned NUMBERS ARE FUN course. (Participants will still need to rent needed materials.)

    PedaGODS and Luv2Learn are registered trademarks of the HoratioAlgerInk, a division of EduCorp, a division of High Finance Enterprises.

  37. Ed
    March 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

    You’re killin me Mush.

  38. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Anonymush should take his wit into primetime! There used to be a local publication that embraced such cleverness. Does anyone remember it?

  39. Plain Jane
    March 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

    AnonyMush is guilty of provoking LOL on an otherwise dreary morning. Thanks and keep em coming.

  40. March 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Publish–don”t perish, Anonymous.You hit the nail on the
    head from 8 to 9+ Is there a publisher in the house????Raging Granny salutes you, Anonyous

  41. Anonymush
    March 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

    A North Coast Journal / Arcata Eye Special Report:

    Drunk Drivers, Depositions, and Dumb Do-Gooders

    An investigative report by the staffs of the North Coast Journal and the Arcata Eye reveals that local communists Richard Salzman and Shane Brinton were in the vicinity when great guy Ryan Sundberg was framed by California Highway Patrol officers after consuming four Shirley Temples at the North Coast Inn last year.

    A search of credit card records shows that Salzman had ordered coffee from Wildberries in Arcata less than 24 hours prior to the incident. Brinton cleverly does not use credit cards, but surveillance video from the Eye window revealed the little leader lurking in the light outside the Arcata Post Office the same day.

    Sundberg, nobly staying above the fray, declined to comment. However, his campaign manager told the Journal “it’s a sad day when people sink to pointing out the minor crimes of political candidates.”

    He went on to state: “I don’t have anything against Salzman or Brinton, but I don’t see why we allow them access to journalists in our area. It seems like an excess of politeness, if you ask me. But I wouldn’t send either one to jail, because who wants to pay to feed the jerks.”

    Salzman was not immediately available for comment; it is rumored that he was growing forty pounds of pot in his basement. Brinton, meanwhile, completely denies the Eye’s allegation last week that he’s running a meth lab from his Arcata City Hall office. The diminutive dorky dealer denied (LOL!!!) drugging Sundberg.

  42. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Did I just read that there’s beef between Judy Hodgson and Bob Doran’s mom? The Herald is breaking good stuff today!

  43. Anonymush
    March 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

    And this just in from Rose:

    “Has anyone noticed that Paul Gallegos’ initials are PG, as in PG&E? I wonder if he’s behind that explosion in the Bay Area.”

    And from PJ, in advance:

    “GFY, Rose. What’s this bizarre obsession you have with blogs?”

    From Savage Henry:

    I farted. Hahaha.

    And Barry Evans:

    The other day, someone mentioned farting in Savage Henry. Farts were once thought to be a result of the buildup of pressure in the lower gastrointestinal tract, but modern science has learned….

    And Hank Sims:

    Well it’s about FUCKING TIME people realized it’s all about me.

  44. Anonymush
    March 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I think it’s mostly out of my system. I feel much better now. This was much better than smashing chairs.

  45. Plain Jane
    March 19, 2011 at 10:49 am

    You’ve just hit the easy targets, Anonymush, dig deeper.

  46. Anonymush
    March 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Alas, Anonymusch can write only when his host’s internal bile exceeds 100 milliSievert per hour, and it’s mostly vented now.

    But fear not, PJ, there’s a never-ending supply of new bile precursors in the local atmosphere — hell, the Eureka City Council vents the stuff at every opportunity — and neither potassium iodide, nor Johnny Black, nor Lexapro, nor Train Wreck offers complete relief.

  47. March 19, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Ahem, Anonymush forgot to link to his blog.

  48. Been There
    March 19, 2011 at 11:24 am

    OMG, there’s still one human being left on Earth unaffected by the tyranny of positive thought.

    Hurry, clone him and start an actual community newspaper!!

  49. Anonymush
    March 19, 2011 at 11:41 am



    Local activist David Cobb and several Ivy League graduates will host an emergency meeting to train activists so that we can restore democracy.

    The meeting will break into subgroups and people will use magic markers and big pads of paper to impress one another with the importance of taking back Amerika.

    Cobb is a former Presidential Candidate, whose Wikipedia site notes that he finished sixth in the popular vote in the 2004 Presidential election, garnering 0.096% of the vote. (It’s true! Did you know there were more than five candidates?) Together with his housemates, they’ll show you how to create a fair democracy with justice for all, no hunger, everyone homed, Indian Rights, and redress for the Palestinians and those in Myanmar.

    Topics to be discussed include:

    REDEFINING DEMOCRACY: Given that for the last 20 years, most Amerikan voters have rejected my ideas, how can I call the stuff I push “Democracy Unlimited?” It’s easy, and I’ll show you how I do it.

    GETTING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE: Activism is hard. How do I keep at it, year after year? Learn some of my techniques for denying the obvious, and keeping on keeping on.

    PUPPETS FOR DEMOCRACY!: In 2009, our group of puppeteers was able to infiltrate the Murphy’s in Sunnybrae, disrupting operations for several minutes until the manager agreed to speak with us. Murphy’s now stocks Tofu at all of its outlets.

    WHY DON’T THEY GET IT?: Self-examination is a vital part of the tool set of every successful activist. Through supportive sharing, we’ll sit in a circle and try to understand why the Amerikan public is so damned stupid. Masturbation will follow.

    ARE ANARCHISTS RIGHT?: Black masks can look sexy, especially when they cover up a case of acne. It may not bring about change, but anarchism can get you laid.

    GREEN PARTY PRINCIPLES: We’ll hold a no-holds-barred debate: which Green Party principle is most important. Splinter-group signup documents will be provided.

  50. Anonymush
    March 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Two words, red envy. Virginia Bass.

  51. Bob
    March 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    To squelch a couple of unfounded rumors – first, my mom likes Judy so you’re reading something into her comment that’s not there.
    I believe she was saying she misses Charlie, who is up in Portland absorbing PDX culture – he has however been going to the movies and this morning he sent in a review for next week’s paper so be sure to pick it up. And he will be back in Humboldt soon enough. As always you will be able to read Filmland online starting at midnight Thursday, our official day of publication.
    To those offering story ideas and constructive criticism, thanks. To the rest of the trolls who are not happy with the Journal for one reason or another, well, my mom taught me if you have nothing nice to say about someone it’s best to say nothing. I’ll leave it at that.

  52. erronemous
    March 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Today’s Top Stories

    Eureka City Council votes 4 -1 to mandate all dispensaries grow indoors within the City limits of Eureka.

    In unrelated News PG&E resumes the full operation of 10 new natural gas reciprocating engines, after unexplained fire caused shut down of plant. PG&E officials noted, we have actually seen transformers explode here, with a community this size, electricity demands that substantial would not exist. It must be the salt air.

    In further unrelated news, City of Eureka postpones Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan after comparing present emissions to target reductions.

    Burn baby burn.

  53. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    OMG Ginny is that U? LOL UR like Everyware, like OMG Im so like jealous,I thought we were like BFF U no like 4ever!, can I run next time, I cant believe your like hanging with Marsha, she’s like all lip smacking and OMG have you seen those feet? My dumb brother could where those shoes, It’s like so not fair, I’d look so much better up there at city council than Marsha OMG what were you thinking.

  54. Wonder Bred
    March 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    @Anonymush: Your DU/David Cobb spoof could have been pretty funny, but it wasn’t that good. The anarchism getting you laid part was kind of humorous, but otherwise a bit flat. Nice try though, I bet if you put more time into it you could write a funnier DU/David Cobb spoof. I like comedy.

  55. red envy
    March 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Hello Doctor, I’m Captain Councilmember Melinda Ciabellerini, and I have a problem. And I don’t have problems, Doctor. Naturally, as a career police officer I want to–no, correct that, I need to–I need to tell people what to do. I’m a professional. So when the last police officer–well, he was actually Coroner, but that’s like a Doctor police officer, isn’t it, Doctor?–when he told people to make him Mayor, of course they did, it’s a well-ordered city, and of course he appointed someone, I’m proud to say, just like him to replace him representing everybody else. That’s only fair. That’s me. I’m very fair.

    So I went behind the dias to tell people what to do, as usual, but Doctor, something has come over me! I, I, I can’t find the interest in managing everyone in my city anymore! No Doctor, I want to–this is very hard for me to say–I’ll just say it–I want to micromanage medical marijuana dispensaries! Yes Doctor, it’s all I want to do! It’s all I think about, all I care about, all those criminals who can’t even tell the difference between legitimate writs and fraudulent writs, just because they come from the same doctors! Isn’t that ridiculous? What am I to do?

    People talk about taxes and economic development and simple justice and it just makes my blood boil! I think I’ll make them have six-inch-square signage. I hope that calms me down. I need help! How big do you think their signs should be, Doctor?

  56. Anonymush
    March 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Wonder Bred,

    How wonderful that anarchism has got you laid! I’m delighted to hear it.

    And now for some self-criticism.

    I will apply myself with greater diligence to producing a parody of Democracy Unlimited which you will consider funny now that you’ve explained how you like comedy.

    It should be available at People’s Comedy Store #235 within the week.

  57. Random Guy
    March 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’ll stick to the printed page for the meat of my news food thankyouverymuch. It has infinitely more public influence…for those who (try to) be helpful participants, it’s good to see how poorly local rags dilute and distort what’s important.

    There should be a local blog headline page other than just the Journal’s, and it should feature more local blogs than just the ones highlighted by the Journal. Or is hybrid journalism some kind of VIP back scratching circle? Rhetorical question…

    Is there another headline page, and I don’t know about it?

  58. Bald-headed Captain Kirk
    March 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Make it so, Random Guy.

  59. Not A Native
    March 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    At this point, flogging Abate feels almost cruel, like teasing a handicapped person or beating a dead horse. He just can’t do any better, its feckless to rail against that.

    The NCJ is what it is, I’m thinking its time to move on rather than get into a snit over personalities or Hodgson’s business decisions. In fact, Sims’ tenure was(is?) an exception, mediocrity is normal in HumCo and any deviation from that won’t be appreciated for long.

    In ‘the big city’, when faced with poor quality, people can ‘vote with their feet’ and chose from readily available competitive alternatives. Or a better competitor will quickly emerge since a large and ready market exists. I’ll continue to glance at the NCJ, but no longer look forward to it. I’m actually occasionally reading the Tri-City Weekly these days.

  60. Random Guy
    March 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Bald Kirk? Macho Picard…I got better things to do, you know how tiz.

  61. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    The Journal still has a good crossword and sudoku puzzle!

  62. Random Guy
    March 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    The journal is a very good paper. It could stand to grow some balls and turn it into a very good newspaper, though.

  63. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    The Journal is very colorful _ more so in pictures now than in words

  64. Owltotem
    March 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Heraldo, We could have one,breaking news from readers, on a tab like quick notes, would that be hard, it could be reader generated. Although we already pretty much work that way, if something is up we just post it where ever and it gets either scooped up or commented on, sometimes we post it on quicknotes, but that baby’s getting long, lots of scrolling.

    Who needs hybrid. I am sick of my paper in a puddle, and actually, the Journal is a weekly rag a good rag and a paper one. It has been and it should be, it is arts entertainment, culture and a top story or 2 it is a staple (and fire starter , you have to have some)but us, we are out here on the front line every day, we know what’s up, spoof parody and for real, read above, there is way too much truth in the parody above to be a healthy community, lets try and fix it, lets pry this baby open and let the sunshine in. Who better then Heraldo readers to expose the news? Owl

  65. Mark Sailors
    March 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Did i mention……..

    WINNING ! ! ! ! !

  66. Jennifer Savage
    March 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    “GREEN PARTY PRINCIPLES: We’ll hold a no-holds-barred debate: which Green Party principle is most important. Splinter-group signup documents will be provided.”

    Killed it.

  67. Anonymous
    March 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Bob says: “As always you will be able to read Filmland online starting at midnight Thursday, our official day of publication.”

    This is great hybrid journalism. Put it out a paper copy on Wednesday and then put it online Thursday. That way anyone with a computer can read something they already read at the grocery store Wednesday.

  68. non NAN
    March 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Oh NAN, you’re such a bore. In ‘the big city’, a small time hack like Sims would be know as one. Honestly, if Sims is high quality in your book, forget playing the critic on Humboldt. You’ve blown your creds.

  69. Random Guy
    March 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I’m witcha, Owl. Something really stinks about how things are going down within Humboldt’s politics. The relatively small community, with a very small core of generational wealth, has a finger on local journalism. Real estate moguls have hired a multimillion dollar PR firm to guarantee our brainwashing, and if you know anything about how either of those entities operate, “we the people” are faceless masses to be lobbied like a highschool gym full of underaged jarheads. They’re like schwarzeneggarian terminators…that’s what they do…that’s ALL they do…

    …etc. etc. etc. I’d better not post too much…nothing says buzzkill like somebody who doesn’t think it’s funny that certain people are putting very serious effort into screwing us over like countless other counties once resembling Humboldt. Buenos nachos, blog brains!

  70. Owltotem
    March 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    drums in the jungle

  71. Anonymush
    March 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

    The County of Humboldt and Midwest Airlines are pleased to announce that Midway will begin twice daily nonstop service to New Orleans from the Arcata-Eureka Airport. The service is made possible by a County revenue guarantee.

    Airport manager Jacqueline Hulsey was unavailable to comment, but airport janitorial staff signed Hulsey’s name to a document indicating that the revenue guarantee will cost the County nothing, because it will be easy to get the necessary revenue from paying traffic.

  72. Anonymush
    March 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

    A North Coast Journal / Arcata Eye Special Report:

    Shabby Sanitation at Saint Joe, or another Silly Setup

    An investigative report by the staffs of the North Coast Journal and the Arcata Eye reveals that local communists Richard Salzman and Shane Brinton were in the vicinity when mean, stupid state regulators threatened St. Joseph’s hospital with termination.

    A search of credit card records shows that Salzman had ordered coffee and a hot tub from Caffe Mokka in Arcata less than 24 hours prior to the regulators threat. Brinton cleverly does not use credit cards, but surveillance video from the Arcata Plaza plazacam revealed the commie kid clown kickin it (God I’m clever) outside Cafe Brio earlier in the day

    St. Joseph’s hospital, second only to Arcata’s Mad River Hospital in its local excellence, told our reporters that the use of the word “termination” does not indicate any problems at the institution. “We are proud of our termination notice. It was our own reporting of our incompetence that brought this to the state’s attention.

    He went on to state: “While most local institutions would have just tried to push this under the rug, we were stuck with an honest nurse. It’s a pain in the butt, but it makes us feel pretty good about ourselves.”

    County leaders have been huddling with College of the Redwoods leadership. The local educational institution is a national expert at handling termination notices, receiving regular decertification warnings from a variety of impressive authorities.

    A Mad River official agreed that St. Joseph’s problem was trivial. “Hell, they haven’t even overexposed anybody to radiation. We are still in a leadership position, competence-wise.” The official would comment only on condition of anonymity, as they were not authorized to comment.

    Meanwhile, rumors continue that a new air ambulance service will start up, offering local residents the option of obtaining medical care at nearby New Orleans Ragin Cajun First Aid Center, Inc. NORCFAC is a subsidiary of EduCorp, partially owned by the Washington Post and High Finance Enterprises.

  73. Anonymush
    March 20, 2011 at 9:42 am


    W E A L T H !, a program of the North Coast Itty Bitty Business Program, is proud to announce a new training offering in collaboration with EduCorp.

    “Marketing Your Product” will be offered on four Tuesday evenings in May at the W E A L T H ! Center in downtown Eureka. Participants may attend any or all sessions.

    Session One: Advertising. Did you know newspapers, for a fee, will allow you to address the public? Learn all about using our local resources to tell people you exist.

    Session Two: Free Publicity. Did you know that local newspapers are often desperate for information that will fill space? Learn how to write a Press Release which they’ll print for free.

    Session Three: Grants for Studying. Did you know that the Headwaters Fund has money waiting for you? If you’re having trouble Marketing Your Product, this can provide you with an alternate source of income. Learn how to do studies — the secret path to easy funding.

    Session Four: Being Competitive. Some people think offering a quality product and quality service is a way to gain repeat business. We’ll study the issue and present arguments for and against, paying special attention to our unique local conditions.

  74. Anonymous
    March 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    This thread is the most readable thing in Humboldt fucking County.

  75. Hank Sims
    March 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Agreed. The Mush is a rare talent.

  76. skippy
    March 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Yes, yours truly is enjoying it.

  77. erronemous
    March 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Retreats for “Experienced Travelers”

    Enjoy a luxurious get away at the Granada resort and spa.

    Granada, nestled in a private enclave, secure in the majestic Redwoods of Humboldt County surrounded by 6 acres of semi-tropical paradise provides the perfect setting for the life-changing events that take place within.

    Impeccably managed by Skilled Health Care, the staff at Granada will compassionately attend to your every need. Amenities include, soaking tubs, a meditative labyrinth, strolling gardens an open pharmaceutical bar and the highest level of medical care to ensure your longevity and a restful stay.

    Give your loved ones a gift they will never forget. A get away at Granada.

  78. Owltotem
    March 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Hoo Hoo Hoo, Didn’t even bother to retrieve my TS from the carrier’s favorite puddle today. The Heraldo School of Side Splitting Journalism is BORN!

  79. Anonymush
    March 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you all.

    Unfortunately, comparing anonymous humor with what is reported in attributed articles can be an excellent measure of the ability of those in various positions of power to crush opposition, no matter how good-natured. If I were not anonymous, I’d either be dead in Humboldt County social and job circles, or I’d have chosen to restrict my parody to the “correct” side.

    I believe the old Soviet Union was an excellent nurturer of dark anonymous humor. Humboldt competes well, especially Humboldt’s journalism community. That’s not funny, it’s sad.

    The Herald is interesting precisely because people are able to speak freely with Heraldo offering at least the hope of protected anonymity.

  80. skippy
    March 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    But don’t tell Rose. This kinda anonymous stuff and anything decent coming out of it simply pisses her off to no end. Keep up the good work, folks.

    The wit and wisdom of anonymous posters Anonymous, Erronemus, and Anonymush here, along with others and their varied flavors, leads yours truly to believe a somewhat hit-and-miss, scattered, self-published and self-edited, new era of hybrid journalism is on the fore at the big H.

    A million hits in 2010? Yours truly sees twice as many by years end with this stable of writing, opinion, and wit. Carry on. Toodles away.

  81. red envy
    March 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    That may happen when Heraldo develops a taste for unseemly reality. Anonymush, you’ll remember you challenged my advertorial tribute to Mark Lovelace with the two words (still mysteriously dangling above): Virginia Bass. I met your challenge, and enjoyed it. Anything worth thinking about is worth satirizing.

    In a strangle-hold of political correctness, H erased both lampoons, as if s/he didn’t want to be accused of bias.

    But I learned it’s still okay to pick on the Eureka City Council. *yawn* I think I’ll go pick up an old Journal.

  82. Random Guy
    March 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    mush is on with it….very true @ 427, Fox News and the Daily Show are one and the same. Get people to think something is being done…get people to think they’re doing something by “spreading awareness”. The results of past 40 years show the power of the people vs. propaganda…

    No parody required:


    I thought supervisor positions were important business? Her campaing was very easy to follow before during and after…it insulted the intelligence of the few who payed attention and lied to everybody who didn’t. Did she really need a “donate” button on her page?

    Hybrid plug: great editorial in the Mck Press by a veteran flagwaver who I probably couldn’t disagree with more on all things political, yet has the common sense to understand that infrastructure and population are key to a community’s comfort, security and sustainability. And that we’re all being royally screwed in that department. Less is more!

  83. Anonymush
    March 21, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Times-Standard, March 21, Dateline: Fortuna

    Within three months, a non-zero possibility exists that Prius parts may be less available at Humboldt County Toyota dealerships, due to delivery problems with the Japanese. County officials advise that there is not yet any need for panic.

    The delivery issue is related to an earthquake, tsunami, and potential nuclear plant meltdown, which has left several Toyota workers missing.

    William Babbitt, sales manager of Humboldt Toyota in Fortuna, said the dealership will do “whatever is necessary” to get more Priuses, because the car is one of their best sellers. “It’s gas prices,” said Babbitt.

  84. Anonymush
    March 21, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Times-Standard comments, March 21,

    This is a genuine comment related to the article above. I did not make this up; you just can’t make this stuff up. As far as I know, Robert L Anderson actually exists.

    Robert L Anderson
    I am more of a truck man for my outdoor needs. Sure glad I have a prius I just made a trip to Humboldt and back. The prius got 44-46 mpg. You can get your’s at Midcity Toyota!!

  85. Anonymous
    March 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

    red envy says:
    March 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    But I learned it’s still okay to pick on the Eureka City Council. *yawn* I think I’ll go pick up an old Journal.


    A real community media that put city business and the players under a microscope would make things lively, quick!

    I would settle for aggressive campaign coverage that actually challenged the ludicrous claims of candidates still lying about the “economic benefits” of malls and sprawl.

    Had you been at the March 15th council meeting, you would have seen the owner of Eureka Natural Foods speak in favor of funding softball: “I’m here to tell you the importance of adult entertainment”.

    It appeared that most of the crowd in attendance held their breath for a very long time.

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