BobandEdNiner asks why we don’t get unpaid interns to work for us.
Three reasons: Our insurance won’t cover them unless they’re paid or getting course credit for the work, and I don’t get many who get course credit. We have had some.
And, I’m trying, through the chair of your communications department, to get someone to work here as a clerk. A paid position. No takers. I can only assume there’s no one out there who wants the experience and the resume entry.
And, writing a story for the paper is not like sending someone out to sell widgets. Someone has to edit that stuff, it’s usually a very tough edit to get the stories to our publication standards, and it’s not worth the effort in the long run.
gamer asks why we don’t just add a page or two.
I explained the cost in the other thread. It’s about $750 per page in the daily paper, about $1,000 on Sunday, and because of the way the presses work, sometimes that increase by a page requires an increase in another section where they might or might not need the space. I’d love to have more space, but I live within limitations I get from the editor and the publisher, and they have tightened the newsprint budget recently because of pressure from Wall Street investors on Knight Ridder to sell the company.
Silvio asks about which outlets we compare ourselves to on Niners coverage:
I guess the only real comparison would be TV stations in Charlotte, the student paper and Jason’s website. He doesn’t cover all the games I don’t think, but I don’t pay for the service so I’m not sure. I doubt they make enough money to travel with the team.
Any others out there?