Carrboro News welcomes The Carrboro Citizen-
When is a Paper not a Paper?
Carrboro News recognizes that running a newspaper is a tough
business. Hiring respected and capable journalist costs money.
Printing the paper costs money. Distributing the paper costs
money. Picking up the unread papers costs money. Selling ads
to businesses costs money. Checking facts and providing accurate
information takes time and costs money.
seems to be an unspoken rule that newspapers don't recognize
the existance of a competitor, or for that fact other newspapers,
unless they are extinct and no longer a threat. And so it
went with The Carrboro News as the The
Carrboro Citizen's inaugural hard copy newspaper outlined
a brief history of the illustrious Carrboro newspapers. Perhaps
there was a cap on the number of words(when you're paying
reporters by the word, they add up faster than you think!)
they could afford. Perhaps, they were shaking in their shoes
at the thought that there is not enough revenue in this little
liberal mecca to support two local papers. Perhaps they don't
even know that The Carrboro News exists and has been in production
for almost 10 months. Whatever the reason they left out a
very important fact making their whole article...well....ummm...
the headline reading "Nearly a century later, town gets
name on paper", you would have thought that there would
be mention of the first newspaper in nearly a century, but
for some odd reason the article focused on the second newspaper
in less than a year, not the first one in nearly a century,
but called the second one in less than a year, the first one
in nearly a century. With that glaring ommision, it tends
to leave a little room for questioning the accuracy of all
the rest of the articles. Can you really trust what Kirk Ross
says about The Carrboro Farmer's Market, or what Kirk Ross
says about the Alderman moratorium plans, or what Kirk Ross
says about the rules changes downtown.
expect to hear shortly form The Carrboro Citizen that they
meant the headline to read "Nearly a century later, town
gets name on paper paper".(or perhaps it will show up
in the ommissions and corrections section of The Carrboro
Citizen). I suppose you could omit The Carrboro News from
an article on Carrboro newspapers if you specify that the
name Carrboro is on a paper paper and not an online paper
for the first time in a century.
what happens if an electronic paper is printed on paper and
handed to your neighbor, isn't that enough to qualify as having
a name on a paper paper? It all becomes quite confusing and
appears that a paper is not a paper unless it's designated
a paper. But then who is it that designates it as a paper-
the paper that recognizes itself as a paper paper or the paper
that's not a paper paper but recognizes itself as a newspaper
with the name Carrboro on it's header? But are we talking
about a paper paper or a paper newspaper? A newspaper on paper
is a paper paper but what determines whether it is a newspaper
or a paper paper with news?
Carrboro Centipede was a paper paper on paper, but no one
has a copy of the paper and the only person who says he saw
a copy is a cook, not someone involved in the newspaper industry.
Do we even know that the Centipede paper existed? How can
a paper paper newspaper mention a paper paper that no one
has seen but fail to mention a paper that is not only seen,
but still being seen this very day!
you see, running a paper or a paper paper or a paper paper
with news or a newspaper is a very difficult business. Putting
your name on a paper and swearing to it's accuracy is not
a job for the feeble-hearted. When you write a paper, there's
no taking the 5th or denying what you said because it's all
there on paper for the whole world to read and take shots
a more serious note..... What are the goals of The Carrboro
Citizen. An unnamed source who claims to be possibly affiliated
with The Carrboro Citizen told The Carrboro News "When
we reach the point where we have enough money that we can
hire someone to put our paper in a plastic bag and drive around
Carrboro throwing them out the window, then we will have succeeded!
I know we will have succeeded when I can drive around town
and see my newspaper laying in driveways, on lawns and on
the street rotting away in it's decomposing plastic bag! That
is success- or a paper paper form of paper paper conspicuous
consumption- If you can affford to throw away your papers-
let everyone know that you've arrived!".
leads me to my earlier career with The Daily Tar Heel. As
delivery manager in the late 1980's I was tired of going out
the next day and collecting the 4500 newspapers that were
not picked up(out of 20,000 left in the newspaper stands the
day before). I went to the manager of the DTH and told him
we should cut back on the production so we don't have to throw
away so many. "What?", he exclaimed. "If we
do that we'll have to tell our advertisers and then we'll
have to cut our advertising rates!". So next time you
advertise in a paper paper, make sure that your ad is getting
into the hands of a potential client, not heading off on a
first class ride to the recycling center! -editor