In her latest blog post, Mrs. Stark insists that the Globe was slower because it was important to make sure the reporter got accurate information. She then whined about how easy the television people have it.
Still, newspapers have the advantage in knowing how to take the court documents, the press releases and the interviews and then providing a story that that’s not spoon-fed at a press conference.
Now that is the height of arrogance. It appears to be a blanket indictment of television people as airheads who don't know their way around a courthouse. Only newspaper people, or perhaps only Joplin Globe reporters, to Mrs. Stark's way of thinking, have any knowledge of the secrets contained in those musty old folders at the county courthouse.
No one is going to argue the wisdom of getting your facts straight, but in this day and age, if you are going to be the number one news source in your market, you have an obligation to get the story on line quickly and accurately. When breaking news is occurring, readers are naturally going to go online and try to find out what is happening. If they go to the Joplin Globe too many times and see nothing has been reported, it makes more sense to find someone who is providing updates and stick with that website.
The Globe had an opportunity to provide a few facts quickly and then do the painstaking research noted in Mrs. Stark's post. It chose not to do so and was beaten to the punch by KOAM. It probably would have taken only a couple of minutes, if that, to update. Instead, we now have the same kind of thinking that is pushing newspapers closer and closer to their own destruction- the we know how to do it right. Everyone else is inferior line.
Jeff Lehr and Derek Spellman, as always, did a solid job of reporting on this case and continue to do so. It is a shame that their rabbit-eared editor couldn't have just praised their work and left it at that.
Mrs. Stark finished her post with this killer line:
Solid news reporting is not a race, but rather it’s the finish that we think matters the most.
Mrs. Stark, it's not an either-or situation. There is no reason why a newspaper cannot do both. If newspaper editors continue to deny the changes that have occurred on the media landscape, there will come a day when the only place you will find the Joplin Globe is in plastic bags in flea markets.