KANSAS CITY JOURNALISM INSIDERS CLAIM: TIME FOR KRASKE TO CALL IT QUITS!!!
When our TKC Internets community isn't breaking news around this KICK-ASS bloggy venture, it's always fun to talk and speculate about "journalism" - Which isn't nearly as important.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY NEWSIE INSIDERS CONTEND THAT IT COULD BE TIME FOR NEWS DUDE STEVE KRASKE TO CALL IT QUITS GIVEN THAT "THE BUZZ" BLOG @ THE STAR IS MOSTLY KAPUT AND NOT EVEN A GOOD GENERAL POLITICAL BLOG!!!
For most of this year, they've basically been re-blogging stuff from politico.com or USA Today.
A bit of history . . .
The "buzz" blog section on the KC Star was long ago called "The Buzz Blog" AND THEN turned into the tragic "Prime Buzz" experiment wherein the nimrod management @ The Kansas City Star actually expected their subscribers to pay for "premium" content . . . A highpoint in the effort was a big money (maybe George Soros) grant that funded Midwest Democracy which kinda served a purpose for awhile until all the money dried up. But overall the bloggy foibles of The KC Star basically killed off what was a vibrant Internets community and sent readers to Facebook and also to slum around this corner of the Internets.
But I digress . . . That's just a quick look at how inept newspaper management facilitated the demise of Dead Tree Media in Kansas City.
Let's get to the juicy stuff . . .
TODAY KANSAS CITY INSIDERS NOTE THAT THE QUALITY OF STEVE KRASKE'S JOURNALISM HAS SERIOUSLY DECLINED!!! AND HE'S JUST WASTING SPACE @ THE STAR'S WEBSITE!!!
Check the chatter . . .
One Respected KANSAS CITY MAINSTREAM MEDIA PUNDIT Writes:
"HAVE YOU NOTICED How many times Kraske has summarized an online story and then linked to the article instead of doing original reporting? Hell, how is that any different from what any blogger can do and how does that add value for The Star's readers?"
Another VETERAN KANSAS CITY NEWSMAN retorts:
"It's a cheap way of getting sh*t on the web site, I guess. I'm sure he and the other Star political reporters are under pressure to keep churning out material for "the buzz" -- grist for the mill."
The KC MAINSTREAM MEDIA PUNDIT cites another facet of Kraske decline . . .
"He also used to be one of the best political reporters in town also and he's gone dramatically downhill in that category also. His stuff now is pretty bad, lots of bias, very little information, or research. The piece he did the other day was little more than a rip off of a national article, something I wouldn't have expected from a reporter of his (former) caliber. I don't know why, but for some reason he's just phoning it in."
To that end . . . The KC NEWS MAN declares . . .
"Spread too thin - KCUR, UMKC, The Star. He can't do justice to all three. He'll have to drop at least one, probably The Star. You heard it here first."
And this perspective and behind the scenes chatter regarding Kansas City journalism is important and worth remembering on this Memorial Day because it shows us that there are still quite a few mainstream media news jobs out there . . . They're just all performed by a closed circle of doods who are scrambling for something to do amid the inevitable and tragic decline of Dead Tree Media.
Developing . . .