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Date Posted: 00:35:22 08/09/16 Tue
Author: Charles Foster Kane
Subject: Re: Gannett-backed site launching in Pittsburgh
In reply to: Brady Bunch 's message, "Gannett-backed site launching in Pittsburgh" on 14:13:21 05/12/16 Thu

"Six people will be hired to staff the site initially, said Jim Brady, the CEO of Spirited Media."

Geez, what does it say if two established metros with scores of journalists and up to 200+ years of institutional experience in journalism truly need to fear an upstart website with a half-dozen people?

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[> Re: Gannett-backed site launching in Pittsburgh -- Dee Cee, 18:05:45 08/11/16 Thu [1]

Too bad there were no Pittsburgh reporters available to be the first ever reporter curator at this new blog.

https://medium.com/billy-penn/the-incline-hires-first-reporter-curator-sarah-anne-hughes-c9895ea88a74#.7c84c1psm

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[> [> Re: Gannett-backed site launching in Pittsburgh -- Title Bout, 10:52:30 08/12/16 Fri [1]

"Curator" suggests this will be nothing more than a local Huffington Re-post.

Some might suggest that a more apropo title within the dying 'burgh media would be reporter/coroner.

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[> [> Re: Gannett-backed site launching in Pittsburgh -- Bet reporter, 22:04:49 08/12/16 Fri [1]

from someone who likes to think they have a little bit of insight here, I can't necessarily disagree with anything anyone is saying. Lexi doesn't have the experience of a veteran reporter, nor does she have the contacts that a startup like this requires (a two years of night cops and a year or so at city Hall doesn't really help much).

That being said, I don't think a veteran reporter would be the best candidate for this job. It's not the usual grind. It requires creativity, being on the cutting edge as well as the intangibles that someone with more experience wouod bring.

Billy Penn does pretty well for itself in Philly (remember, it's more about the advertising than the content), so as long as it remains somewhat relevant it should be ok.

Ninety-percent of City Paper's content hasn't been worth reading for the last five years but it hasn't folded. Why couldn't The Incline follow suit?

In a few years, maybe she'll surprise us all, who knows?

The unknown of this startup is probably no better than the unknown at the PG or the Trib, and no one was giving her the executive editor position at either of those rags.

So good for Lexi. I wish her the best.

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[> [> [> Re: Gannett-backed site launching in Pittsburgh -- Report Beater, 06:37:53 08/14/16 Sun [1]

Billy Penn mustn't have been able to afford Mila Sanina, who quit the PG to run Publicsource. Billy Penn needed an editor to run the Incline. Instead of putting out the money to hire somebody local and prestigious they hire Lexi, who doesn't exactly sit in the top ten of local journalism. Let's see how it works out. I wouldn't bet on any of these entities including Publicsource being here in three years or so.

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