Monthly Archives: July 2013

Cleveland station partnering on Pilot story

Earlier today we posted a story reporting that Pilot Flying J is settling class action lawsuits that arose out of the company’s rebate scandal. Our initial posting was of a story from WEWS-TV in Cleveland, OH. Some readers quickly took us to task on that. The first two comments on the story were:

Pilot Flying J headquarters

Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville, TN

“From FrankTheTank2012: ‘KNS once again gets its a– kicked on this story by not only another media outlet but one not even from around here.’
“From TheRoundMoundofSound:
‘Newsnet5 is a Scripps property. If KNS got it’s butt kicked, at least it was by a sibling.'”

RoundMound is correct. WEWS is a property of the E.W. Scripps Co., just as is the News Sentinel. In fact, its call letters derive from the E.W. Scripps name. But I’m not sure I can agree that we got our butts kicked by our sibling. The truth is, the News Sentinel and WEWS have been collaborating on coverage from the start. The Cleveland station is interested because of Jimmy Haslam’s ownership of the Browns, just as we are interested because of Pilot’s importance to Knoxville. Ron Regan, the station’s investigative reporter who is pursuing the story, was in Knoxville shortly after the April 15 raid. He has met with our staff and is in frequent communication with Tom Chester, our managing editor. We’ve provided tips and content to WEWS, and it has reciprocated.

In this case, Regan did get first word from one of his sources that a settlement was pending. He notified us, and we posted his initial story as soon as it was ready. We’ve since elaborated on the story, adding content that WEWS is using. We’re delighted to be working with our Cleveland sibling and believe the partnership is benefit both organization’s readers, viewers web visitors.

Cool July 4 Page 1

front page Here’s a dazzling front page that The Virginian-Pilot published on the Fourth of July.

Designer Sam Hundley created it after someone suggested running the full text of the First Amendment on A1 for Independence Day.

The idea evolved from there into this array of quotes from America’s founding.

Response muted to comics changes

garfieldSo far there hasn’t been an overwhelming response to the changes in the comics pages announced Sunday. We replaced the long-running “Garfield” strip with the new “Take It From The Tinkersons” and brought back “Curtis” to take the place of “The Knight Life.”

“Garfield” has garnered the most reaction. Wrote one reader: “I read the comic section every day and Garfield is the one strip that always gives me laugh. Sure it’s corny, but that’s the point. I could name a half dozen others that could be replaced with the new strips (Rex Morgan and Sally Forth are a couple), but Garfield? I’m so disappointed.”

The feedback on the return of “Curtis” has been mostly positive, though one reader wrote: “While I do enjoy Curtis’ trips to the barber shop & his berating church ladies’ hats, much of the rest of the strip leaves me flat, compared to the truth & love contained in the “oddball creativity” of Keith Knight’s strip.”

We’ll continue to monitor the reaction for a few days.