WEEK 11 (MARCH 9-13) FINALISTS

  • Marc, who took passionate exception to another commenter’s description of community journalists as “pretend”: “I have been a ‘community journalist’ for more than 20 years, never covering a national story unless it happened in my community. I didn’t realize I was pretending all along. I agree with Ash (and Ihope he’s righ about the pay). Wake Up. People want the news that is happening in their communities as much as they want national and international news. It just might be what saves journalism.”
  • ash, who on the same post, ventures that “Erik, you’ve got it wrong. The community journalism jobs are the jobs of the future, the jobs with chache, the jobs that mean the most. Folks like the management of the Washington Post may not pay premiums for these jobs right now, but they will. Just you wait and see.”
  • The always angry al gonzales, who thinks the idea of a Beerspotter Twitter feed is a little silly: “Wow – I love Twitter. I saw a beer. I saw another beer. Here are four beers. Here are six beers. More beer is here. More beer is there.”
  • Creative Loafing Tampa’s Joe Bardi, who thinks McKenna should have hunted around a little more before asking whether anyone had heard anything about the Phish reunion: “Wow Dave, ever heard of Google? Or, better yet, check out the coverage on the music site of your sister paper in Tampa, tampacalling.com.”
  • Jam fan Liza Radley, who would enjoy it if Robert Downey Jr. robbed her cradle: “I’m the same age as Scarlett and would kill to ‘suck face’ with Robert. Lucky cow.”

AND THE WINNER IS…

Marc made me tear up a little. Community journalism jobs are real journalism for sure. Marc, e-mail me and I’ll send you a shirt.

Photo of the giant anteater born yesterday at the National Zoo from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Flickr stream