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Date Posted: 20:28:53 01/06/17 Fri
Author: Billy Ballpoint Penn
Subject: Two answers and some explanation
In reply to: Lexi Lou Who 's message, "What is the Point of The Incline?" on 13:21:44 01/06/17 Fri

1. They don't know.
2. They don't know.

This is all about a startup outfit from Philly, with backing from the bloated corporation known as Gannett, experimenting with something they think might replace conventional journalism and hopefully (maybe) produce profits. They think this MIGHT be something young people who are hung up on social media, might find attractive.

To assume most young people are so shallow as to buy into such a stereotype is offensive to them and to anyone who respects journalism.

As for silly Lexi, she's a former PG reporter who wants to be seen as being "on the cutting edge," in spite of the fact nothing she did at the PG stood out from the pack. Her work there was sufficiently undistinguished that she could have passed muster at the Trib or BCT.

Journalism in the 21st Century is changing. But there's no way this (or UpGruv) is its future.

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[> The journalistic "vision" of MJ Slaby... -- See ya later, aggregator, curator, whatever, 08:29:50 01/07/17 Sat [1]

https://theincline.com/2017/01/07/five-of-the-best-bad-yelp-reviews-of-pittsburgh-landmarks/

Wow. And this from someone who actually did actual journalism at a real newspaper, one run by adults...

https://medium.com/billy-penn/the-incline-hires-reporter-curator-mj-slaby-d923c58f89c9#.o8dh6qq84

Either Ms. Slaby is slumming, or thinks she's getting in on something new and cool and hip and fly and all that other good stuff. But it won't do her resume any good unless her grand plan is to punch her ticket to land a job at UpGruv.

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[> [> Re: The journalistic "vision" of MJ Slaby... -- Cure for Curators, 20:00:44 01/07/17 Sat [1]

It looks like MJ did some respectable work at the other dailies she worked at. It must be this desire to be out in front even on a train to nowhere like Billy Penn/Incline, that got her to Pittsburgh. Let's hope she gets this out of her system and gets back to real journalism at some point, Lexi, too.

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