Monday, March 31, 2008

This News Is History

Our Mayor, Marty Blum, gave her State of the City Address last Thursday. But you wouldn't know it if you read Wendy McCaw's News-Press. As of Sunday, the paper had yet to run an article covering the event.

The News-Press didn't send a reporter to cover the speech. According to the Mayor, News-Press reporter Angel Pacheco called her Friday evening to ask her about it. He told her he planned on watching one of the reruns of the address on the local government access channel and a story would appear in the paper Monday.

I guess the article will still be news to anyone who didn't see the story Thursday on KEYT or read about it Friday in the Daily Sound.

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If you didn't catch the premiere of Citizen McCaw earlier this month or if you did see it and want to watch it again, your last chance to do so is coming up this weekend.

The movie is showing this coming Saturday at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Marjorie Luke Theater. Each of those showings is already two-thirds sold out with the remainder of tickets going fast. There will be Q&A sessions with the producers following each showing.

The documentary will start making the rounds of journalism schools across the country with showings starting as early as mid-April.

Citizen McCaw will be the topic of discussion on NPR's On Point. Locally the program can be heard on KCLU this Friday from 9 to 11 am and again from 11 pm to 1am. You can also listen to the program live on the Internet Friday from 8 to 10 am.

The producers of the film plan to continue to shoot additional footage of significant events in the News-Press saga as they occur and add them to the film. The length of the film will remain about the same as the new footage will replace existing segments of the film.

Mmmm. Sounds like the scene with a certain blogger flipping through a Sunday edition of the News-Press looking for local news could be headed for the cutting room floor.

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Having grown up in Los Angeles I attended a few Dodger games at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum where the team played its first four seasons after moving from Brooklyn.

Flickr photo by BobT2.

I didn't get down to L.A. Saturday to see the Dodgers return to the Coliseum to play an exhibition game against the Red Sox, but with a crowd of over 115,000 in attendance I'm sure there were some Santa Barbaran's who made the trek to see the game. If you did I'd be interested in hearing what you thought of the experience. Drop me a line.