Monday, August 28, 2006

Low quality in Get Published!

I frankly don't know what to make of the Enquirer's Get Published! effort. This apparently is their scheme to publish more local news by getting average folk to submit their own material, which the Enquirer then compiles onto Get Local! community pages. It has only been up for about a week, but so far it's not very exciting. The Deerfield Township page -- a big target area for the Enquirer -- doesn't seem to have any "Get Published!" material on it, which must be a disappointment. And the Mt. Washington page has this item (written by a PR woman of some sort) about something at the Kenwood Towne Center, which, as far as I know, isn't in Mt. Washington.

But take a look at this item. "This is the subject of a book published by a Cincinnati
resident, Pritam L. Ahuja, under the title 'KARMIC CYCLE'. It has been selected by the Forbe's Book Club as a recommended reading for business leaders." The item itself is written by Pritam Ahuja, and note he misspells "Forbes." The same thing happens here, where a John Wallace writes about a radio program in which a John Wallace appears to be involved.

This is crap. The Enquirer thinks it's going to build volume, but there are apparently no standards being set, so what we end up with is people hyping themselves. This won't work unless the Enquirer draws a line somewhere.


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