Today, a pair of ducks cruising by at DeGray Lake.
A packed, fast-paced show tonight on AETN’s “Arkansas Week.” I join host Steve Barnes and Michael Hibblen, news director of KUAR-FM, 89.1, in Little Rock and Dr. Price Dooley of the political science department of the University of Central Arkansas.
On the agenda, Dustin McDaniel’s “meet-the-press” moment, more woes for Martha Shoffner, the coming legislative session, the great Medicaid expansion debate, the week in Wal-Mart and Tom Cotton’s first days in Congress.
Lots to cover! You can watch at 8 p.m. tonight or right here as soon as the video is available.
A few of the recent online news stories, analysis and blog posts crossing the radar:
- Memo to Newspapers: Incremental Change Is Not Helping – GigaOm – It’s time to stop the slow-motion train wreck at daily newspapers and go digital-first.
- Pay to Play – AJR – As noted here, includes comments from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Publisher Walter Hussman and Online Editor Conan Gallaty on paywalls and metered access.
- Cheap Oil vs. Democracy – Slate – Here’s a scary line: “If Saudi Arabia starts to rumble,” writes Thorbjørn Bak Jensen of Global Risk Management, then “$120 per barrel oil is cheap.” This is why George W. Bush — and, symbolically, other presidents — hold hands with the Saudi King.
- Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology – The New Yorker – Epic.
- Why Don’t We Score Acting Like We Score Sports? – The Awl – “Perhaps, then, it’s time the Oscars began adopting metrics. In the acting categories, they might score basic markers of quality like range, depth, intensity, subtlety and bearing, then factor in more complex ideas like strength of cast or degree of difficulty.”
- The Day The Movies Died – GQ – Sigh.
- The Complete Oral History of Party Down – Details – In honor of my Netflix queue, a comprehensive history of the greatest show never to make a third season.
- Nevermore: What Kurt Cobain Did for Rock and Roll – Robert Cristgau – A piece from 2001 reviewing Charles Cross’ excellent “Heavier Than Heaven,” which I finally read this year. “It wasn’t just teen-agers who loved Nirvana–it was everyone who cared about rock and roll. The band’s moment is long gone. Its music isn’t.”
It’s happening. Someone people are doing it. We’ve noted the Fayetteville Flyer, Ozarks Unbound, the CityWire and others. And this week, Arkansas Business media writer Sam Eifling checks in with two other online-only news sites: the MagnoliaReporter.com and MonticelloLive.com,
which has received 1.7 million page views during the past year. Its growth tickles Joe Burgess, who has owned and run the site since October 2007.
After three years on MonticelloLive.com, Burgess is convinced his style of coverage is sustainable, and here to remain as a competitor to the local paper (the Advance Monticellonian, in this case). “Convenience stores, instant coffee and faster information,” he says. “It’s all the same concept.
Right now, they’re small operations. But they’ve got the right idea: covering intensely local news intensely, offering readers news they can’t find anywhere else, even in the competing print paper.
TolbertReport.com teams with InsideSaline.com and MySaline.com to present a day of debates by candidates in local elections.
I’ve put it off long enough. Time to clean out that blogroll.
Last night, the three Democratic contenders for an Arkansas U.S. Senate seat squared off, and now it’s the 8 Republican candidates’ turn.
Some Saturday commitments keep us from attending the forum, taking place at today’s meeting of Arkansas newspaper editors at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock. So we recommend you watch via an A-team of Twitter correspondents on the ground downtown:
Andrew DeMillo, AP – @ademillo
John Lyon, Arkansas News Bureau – @johnlyon09
Dave Catanese, Politico – @davecatanese
Jason Tolbert – @TolbertReport
John Brummett – @johnbrummett
Update – The debate’s over: See DeMillo’s first AP write-through, available here.
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This is the scene outside our window in Calico Rock, Arkansas today. This north Arkansas city always holds the distinction of being the hottest or coldest part of the state, depending on the season.
Today, it’s one of the snowiest parts of Arkansas, with about three inches on the ground. Snowmen and snowball fights sure to come.