how low can you go?

Very low, apparently.

I downloaded my email to find a note from an old friend Lori Anderson. We had all served on staff of the Cal State Fullerton Daily Titan, and we look fondly back on those days – Coffee Bean runs, cartwheels to relieve stress, the awesome trip to San Francisco, covering Sept. 11 together, the quote board. I got a few awards and built some good opportunities from there. But the DT’s evolution, both in print and web, has basically been a downward spiral into mediocrity. It’s sad – we were all so stoked to represent, but not anymore. The print product, the last I saw it, neutralized its masthead – taking away any individuality it once had – and the design looked sloppy and haphazard. The online product was once original and completely-student created, but then it became one student’s very poor website class project, and now its sold out to digital partners, the company that has banked on the fact that students are too transient to care about an ever-changing website.

Now, even its editorial product has gone to pooh-pooh. This story was the lowest of the low. Here’s the lede:

It’s late Saturday night, you’ve just come home from a bar and you throw yourself on the bed. But, you can’t fall asleep. Not because you’re not tired but, because you’ve just got to have it.Instead of calling up your boyfriend or some random booty call, why not just take matters into your own hands, literally. We don’t need men to get us off, when we have two hands and a vibrator.

Yes. It’s a story about vibrators. Not only that, it appears to be an opinion piece about using vibrators.

*sigh* On to other journalism news, I found this story in Poynter’s Romenesko column of daily media news. I absolutely loved the story and the subject – the Point Reyes Light is the type of publication I think most journalism students dream about writing for. A strong journalism mentor, a strong editorial focus, without worrying so much about costs (even though the costs might include being in the red). Check it out:

For years, talented young reporters have beaten down Mitchell’s door for the privilege of working for him, as either unpaid interns or low-wage staffers. (Earlier this year, he became perhaps the first editor ever to lose two of three staffers to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism simultaneously.)

On a somewhat amusing note, the News-Press’ conspiracy theorist showed up again today. I had dealt with him a few months ago, when no one else was in editorial and I was sent out to go deal with him. He was scary – he kept pushing his letters at me (typed in a 7-point font, single-spaced), kept gesturing to his teeth (he believed that the government was keeping track of us via bugs shaped like teeth), and kept talking in my face. We finally got him to leave that day, thank God. But unfortunately, I was not around today when he showed up, especially since he asked for me by referring to “the Mexican girl, the one who speaks Spanish.” He ended up terrifying the new business and politics reporter and getting arrested, then being put on a 72-hour hold. Sad, but hopefully, he’ll get some meds while he’s in there.