Tuesday, August 02, 2016

TKC MUST READ!!! DEAD TREE MEDIA FAVOR TRADING THEORY: THE POLITICS OF JOURNALISM EXPLAINED AS HOOPZ ABANDONS KANSAS CITY STAR!!!



Here's a genius Kansas City think piece recently sent our way which considers what could be a series of journalism favors as a local favorite leaves town to start a new career away from the declining daily local newspaper . . .

The Star's JeneƩ Osterheldt Is Named A Harvard Nieman Fellow

When you see something that is obviously out-of-place, do you quickly dismiss it, or do you take note and search for an answer?

There's a story here, and it's not what most people are thinking. The story waiting to be told, is how in the world was Jenee Osterheldt of The Kansas City Star seriously considered and ultimately selected for this program? Ms. Osterheldt is so out of place in this group that she sticks out like a sore thumb. So, there must be an interesting story to explain her presence among the Nieman Fellows. I think it goes something like this:

Jenee Osterheldt is undoubtedly a lightweight when it comes to journalism. I mean, if you're a "lifestyle" writer for The Kansas City Star, primarily concerned with Cowtown fashion, drinks, entertainment, and retelling episodes of Girl's Night Out with your friends, you're not exactly broaching serious subjects up for debate. However, Ms. Osterheldt is an attractive young woman, and she can play the role of societal victim for those liberals in search of another soul to redeem.

As you know, The Kansas City Star is a holding of the McClatchy company which is struggling mightily to survive. They just reported another quarterly loss within the last week. The Kansas City Star continues to axe employees and announced the departure of another 30 people just days ago. To be a surviving Star employee must be a stressful experience, especially for those who can accurately assess their mediocre talent level.

I suspect an older, wiser Star employee took Ms. Osterheldt aside sometime last year and gave her the news that her days were likely numbered, and that she needed to take proactive measures to save her hide. Ms. Osterheldt's mentor made a number of phone calls on her behalf, inquiring about any rescue parachutes available for this pretty little woman-child who was about to take a freefall. A glimmer of hope was found through a local Kansas City connection.

If you watched the July 14 episode of Ruckus, did you notice that the opening guest interview was one David Von Drehle, Editor-at-Large, Time Magazine?

Did you wonder why this Kansas City-metro resident, who's unknown to the vast majority of residents, had been invited on Ruckus when he had nothing to say? Was it a "thank you" acknowledgment, arranged for doing a friend a favor?

Mr. Von Drehle is acquainted with one James Geary, a former Europe editor at Time, and the Deputy Curator for the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. BINGO!!

Now, while we're not privy to the personal peccadilloes of those involved, it could also be something more along the lines of an exchange of favors. Would Ms. Osterheldt look favorably toward a man who went out on a limb to get her into a program which could launch her toward a real journalism career away from the sinking Star? We don't know the answer to that question, but we're also not so naive to believe that attractive young women never use their desirability to climb up the ladder.
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33 Comments:

Anonymous said...

It's an interesting theory but here's one piece that you're missing.

A lot of people at the Star absolutely HATED her and they saw her leaving as a sign that the new management is serious about holding on to real jobs for people who produce news rather than just opinion.

Anonymous said...

Cat fight!

Anonymous said...

I'll believe the storyline presented. Too many pieces fall into place. She'll actually have to really work to prove her worth...or get some extra credit help.

Anonymous said...

Or she'll be working a PR job for a local law firm in 24 months.

Anonymous said...

^^^ More like 18 months.

Anonymous said...

As long as she's not writing her silly columns in KCMO any longer, I think we can count her departure as a benefit for local journalism overall.

Anonymous said...

People like Hoopz retained at the Star are one of the reasons I let my subscription end. They let go of good writers in the name of diversity which is unacceptable. I wanted a good product, not some HR algorithm of white-to-minority writers. Don't print their faces so I don't even know what color they are. Yes, some names give it away but you get my point. I really do miss reading the paper but a business model of offering less and less product all the while repeatedly raising rates is a doomed business model.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha, wow, a Tony Botello insult hit piece. It would be funny if it weren't so fucking revolting.

How jealous does one person have to be to actually sit down and take the time write something so steeped in hatred?

I guess now we know, do we not?

And so, whilst Jenee has a life and is clearly living it, Tony's bitterness is all-consuming and always on display for those of us whose mental health is CLEARLY not an issue.

Anonymous said...

Tony's Kansas City, where we watch Tony Botello drink poison and wait for the other person to die - one post at a time.

Anonymous said...

I have no problem with JO leaving The Star for Harvard. Wouldn't you? So what if this is a quota move. That's our world today. The issue is the local paper used to challenge their readers with mindful commentary. Now, pick up an edition and it is the same as last weeks and it will be the same as next weeks. Anti white, anti republican, anti male.mThe cut and paste op Ed board is boring, lazy and predictable. I look out from my palatial joco estate and see by the lack of papers littered upon thedriveways that my brethren have spoke as well.

Anonymous said...

Jenee, attractive? Have you met Hoopz before? She's not a looker, even by newspaper pussy standards.

Anonymous said...

She's there. Most are/ will be hustling for work. Friends with benefits? And the problem is...? Her resume got a little pick me up. So what.

Anonymous said...

McClachy (sp?) used to be a good media operator corporation but lost their way after they got looted by a generation of executives who leveraged them into a bunch of debt to buy out their competitors. They took a bunch of loot & left the company over-debted. But hey, they got theirs. So now they have to pay those huge debts so the meat keeps getting cut off the bone until there's nothing left but bone. Sell the company. Repeat.

I have no opinion of this Jenee chick in particular because I ignored her type of articles (not my cup of tea usually) but if she can better herself somewhere else, go for it. Better than staying on a sinking ship.

Agree with others who noticed the huge spike in cost recently so I just dropped them today. Offering less product continuously while fleecing your loyal legacy customers is a lousy business model.

Anonymous said...

the weekly business journal is actually a good substitute for certain types of stories, e.g., business and overall development and trends.

435 magazine for restaurant news.

then, of course, tkc.

Anonymous said...

I read her column just once. It was pure self-indulged feces. Never again.

The KC STAR is dying, sinking slowly. Hoopy head is just another sailor in the water.

Anonymous said...

It's not that I like hoops, what I liked is that we had a newspaper strong enough to support the frivolous features and more interesting stuff like it.

No more arts coverage, not much new from The Star.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your affirmative action hire, hoopz! :)

Bob said...

"I guess now we know, do we not?" Correct. You do not.

Midtown Chester said...

Can't she find honest work stripping? I think she'd find a wider audience.

Anonymous said...

Star needs more sports writers and political reporters not just another smiling face. Sorry but this election proves that people need more news.

Anonymous said...

"How jealous does one person have to be to actually sit down and take the time write something so steeped in hatred?"

Gee, 5:17, just how jealous are you to actually and repeatedly sit down and take the time write something so steeped in hatred?

Anonymous said...

I agree with whoever who wrote this, hoopz is in training to become a propagandist. Not a real journalist.

Anonymous said...

First of all, thank you all for giving your best shot at criticism for your fellow writer. Second, let's hope she sends us a postcard of her new place with all the trimmings. Lastly, there's going to be a pink slip party before Xmas so....any special "friends" you might want to favors, now's the fucking time!

Anonymous said...

What??? No Cum Guy yet?

Anonymous said...

Not even cum guy. Ouch.

Anonymous said...

"...attractive young women...use their desirability to move up..." Attractiveness has much less to do with it than delivering sexual favors -just ask Monika Lewinsky.

Anonymous said...

And your point is? Men play that card ALL the time. Put your lipstick on and walk like three good-looking guys are behind you. Have a nice trip.

Anonymous said...

Good for hoopz, always best to abandon ship before it's totally sunk.

Lots of luck girl!

Anonymous said...

Note: Von Drehle is a nice looking intelligent man. What's wrong with a little swirl?------------------------%-------@

Anonymous said...

Go to your nearest journalism school and look into any classroom. Nobody there but really hot young women aiming for TV jobs. That's what journalism has become. Main thing they teach them is how to look at a camera like you want it in your mouth.

Anonymous said...

So what Dan Rather said is true.

Bob said...

The purpose of J-School is not to train journalists, it's to keep journalism professors out of the bread lines.

Anonymous said...

^^^ LOL. Very funny Bob and probably true!