Star Search II: Hurry Up & Wait, FYI’s Sleepy New A & E (Wednesday)

Almost forgot…

Unless I missed something, the Star‘s FYI Section unleashed a spanking new creation today called "A & E (Wednesday)." How to describe the single page (plus jump) insert in the paper’s all-important food section

Frankly, it’s kinda hard to be kind.

On one hand FYI looks to be trying to glean hipness currency off social media like Twitter. But with 9 day-old Tweets? And 9 day-old comments off the newspaper’s music blog? The very nature and immediacy of those mediums – regurgitated in ultra late-to-the-party print pages – only serves to remind readers of how far behind they are, waiting for the Star to hit their driveways.

So that’s pretty lame.

And speaking of dated and waiting, the new section’s centerpiece – a Los Angeles Times story about the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie" – is so old you wonder how they dared run it.

How old you ask? More than two weeks!

You could have read the story online 16 days earlier when the Times released it on March 28th.

Hey, at least pop singer Eliza Doolittle’s Q&A from the Los Angeles Times was only four days-old.

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8 Responses to Star Search II: Hurry Up & Wait, FYI’s Sleepy New A & E (Wednesday)

  1. Super Dave says:

    The Star Still Sucks No News There
    Hearne why do you keep writing about that piece of shit rag. We all know it sucks. Hell for that matter so does the rest of Kansas City Metro Area.

    Was a time many years ago a person looked forward to reading it. But not anymore. And the internet hasn’t had a damn thing to do with it other than to let those of us that stopped reading the Star 20 years ago at least have some where to go find something news worthy to read.

    If it wasn’t for Bryan Busby or Larry Moore I would never watch any local news on TV either. And Larry anymore I’m sure is told what to report on so his news coverage in my opinion has suffered.

    All media is ran by Corporations now who could give a crap less what we might want.

  2. Hearne Christopher says:

    I think you mean, Buck Buchan, the local landscaper. Everybody missed that one; the entire copy desk, FYI editor, sports department. The readers didn’t though!

  3. Hearne Christopher says:

    But long as you’re being a little, um, defensive, you don’t mind reading 9 day old Tweets and 16 day-old stories? You must have a penchant for really old things. Like the Civil War, eh?

  4. Bob Johnson says:

    The Star launched that page in late February. Way to get right on that news, Hearne.

  5. Karl Pilkington says:

    Too late
    The Star also waited five years too long to fire Hearne.

  6. Hearne Christopher says:

    Hey, I said I just noticed it. It’s not like it’s some kinda to-die for deal.

    Maybe you were quicker to zero in on it with the 9 day old Tweets and blog posts and two-plus week-old stories.

  7. Hearne Christopher says:

    Uh, try layoff, dude. Along with hundreds of others.

    If you recall, they tried to hire me back six weeks later to freelance the column at 30 to 50 cents on the dollar.

  8. Hearne says:

    Best kept secret?
    Like I wrote, wasn’t sure if I’d missed A + E Wednesday’s debut but I searched for it online and on the Star’s site yesterday before I published and again today. Nada. You try finding it!

    So eh, it’s a month old – big deal – it’s still a new section. And one that I still don’t get. I described it to one of KC’s top PR dudes today and he laughed uncontrollably at the idea of printing 9 day-old Tweets. It’s a good fit though with 16 day-old stories from other newspapers – kinda the blind leading the blind.

    So here they are struggling for money, shrinking the paper to the point where subscribers are questioning its worth and canceling subscriptions…and they load up a new section with dated, syndicated filler? Who gets that?

    What would Buck Buchanan say? Better yet, Buck Buchan?

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