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Drudge, never one to pass up the obvious gag

Drudge, never one to pass up the obvious gag

Franken declared Senate winner, Coleman concedes – AP via Yahoo!

After the jump, an event last weekend at the Minneapolis downtown Hilton.

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Everything’s Comin’ Up Lu! Hardin Gets University President Job in Sunny Florida

Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

(Update 3/8/2011: More on Lu Hardin’s guilty plea in federal court on the new site.)

Lu Hardin, who left the University of Central Arkansas’ president’s office amid all kinds of controversy, has been has been named president of Palm Beach Atlantic University, located in West Palm Beach, Fla.

There’s even a welcome video form the university from “President Lu Hardin.” Fun!

From the official news release on the university’s Web site:

An educator who became a state senator, Hardin, 57, is the former president of the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). During his six-year tenure, enrollment at UCA increased from 8,000 to 13,000 and the average incoming student ACT score rose from 22.1 to 23.5. Graduation rates increased from 47 to 55.4 percent. President Hardin championed the UCA athletic program’s successful bid to obtain National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I status.

Of course, they left out some details!


Jokes and outrage via comments on the Times blog

Sour Grapes: TMZ and the Michael Jackson Scoop of the Decade

Thirty-mile zone

Thirty-mile zone

After Hollywood gossip Web site TMZ first broke news of Michael Jackson’s death last week (beating the LA Times by about an hour), there’s been lots of analysis and criticism and hand-wringing about what this says about new media versus the traditional mainstream press.

Min Online rounds up recent thought on the matter:

This weekend the L.A. Times mused that the Jackson death would be a “turning point for TMZ” in getting more journalistic credibility. The New York Times took it as an occasion to give back-handed credit to the “carnivorous celebrity news Web site” for being ahead of the story but perhaps practicing questionable tactics in getting the scoop. Likewise, ABCNews frames this story as a debate over tabloid tactics. One British news organization went to the trouble of assembling a timeline and other reporting to deduce that TMZ had “guessed” Jackson’s death.

And the battle is joined. TechCrunch is quick to argue that the mainstream offline press is having a defensive reaction to being scooped.

Defensive reaction? Sour grapes is more like it. This post, by the LA Times Comments blog, asks, “What if TMZ had been wrong about Michael Jackson?” and “Have our standards for accountability dissolved?” Both valid questions, albeit undercut by cheap shots at TMZ, Drudge Report and — heck, why not? — Fox News.

But more interesting are the comments to the post, which mostly consist of readers slamming the LA Times — a daily newspaper — for getting beat by an Internet upstart then whining about it.

Some samples:

“They were not wrong. You were late and they got the story. Print newspapers are out of date.”

“The bottom line is, they were right. Somebody who knew the facts apparently told them. They have a better source in this case than you do. Get over it. Their whole world is celeb stalking. Are you surprised they had the real scoop before ‘real’ news outlets?”

“L.A. Times….and all the rest of the dying media. Just face the fact, your time has come and gone. No longer do you corner the market on breaking news. No longer do we clamor for a newsboy standing on a street corner hollering ‘Extra, Extra! Read all about it!’

“Newspapers are a dinosaur. They are slowly going extinct and howl at the meteor that is the internet as it plummets toward the earth bringing with it their extinction. The dinosaurs were not fast enough, or smart enough, to survive the aftermath. …”

So what are the lessons for the mainstream press and this new generation of news organizations on the Web? Let’s talk it over after the jump.

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Be Our Friend: Arkansas Business on Facebook



Arkansas Business is now on Facebook. So if you’d like to be a fan, search for “Arkansas Business” on Facebook or click or go directly to the Arkansas Business on Facebook page. We’ll be sharing news headlines and, soon, hosting discussions and seeking more interaction from readers.

You can also find us on Twitter, @ArkBusiness. And our Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 alumni group on LinkedIn continues to grow, so if you’re a past Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 honoree, click here to join.

Meanwhile, while you’re on Facebook, check out the Pages for our other Arkansas Business Publishing Group magazines, newspapers and Web sites:

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Arkansas Nonprofits During Recession And a Mid-year Economic Outlook in This Week’s Arkansas Business

This week’s Arkansas Business is available now. Among the highlights:

The effects of the recession are only now starting to show up on the book’s the state’s largest nonprofit organizations, with four of Arkansas’ 30 largest charities seeing a decline in assets and four treading water. One, however, saw a $19 million gain from the previous year …

Lions World Services for the Blind is making all kinds of changes, hoping to avoid posting a third consecutive annual loss.

Arkansas Business Publisher Jeff Hankins surveys the state’s economy at the halfway point of 2009. Will the conventional wisdom of a slow recovery starting in the third quarter hold?

Yep, that’s former Alltel Corp. vice president Andrew Moreau, now working at CJRW of Little Rock as a senior VP. Also: The agency makes a play for Verizon’s PR business and loses to a Memphis firm.

KTHV-TV, Channel 11’s new 6:30 p.m. newscast posted solid numbers in the May Nielsen TV ratings.

Are commercial real estate developers again looking at urban areas as possible sites for projects? Is sprawl dead?

Southern Bancorp Inc. of Arkadelphia is poised to become the first rural development bank to launch a public stocking offering.

Online Journalism Tools and Generational Conflicts at AABP in Minneapolis

The WiFi at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis is a little wonky (making me eager for iPhone’s new tethering abilities), so I’m tapping this entry out via my handy WordPress app. This summer’s annual conference of the Alliance of Area Business Publications has been interesting, with sessions on social media, search engine optimization, online journalism tools and newswriting for online and print.

Particularly interesting was our lunch speaker on Friday, David Stillman of Bridgeworks. Stillman talked about generational interactions in the workplace and – especially interesting to a room full of business publication publishers and editors – how best to communicate with different generations of readers. It was a great presentation that I’ll write more about later.

We’ve got one more full day in Minneapolis. We’ll update more from the AABP summer conference later.

Below, looking over the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to St. Paul.

In Sunny Minneapolis at the AABP Summer Convention

Summer 2009

Summer 2009

Beginning Thursday, I’ll be in Minneapolis at the annual summer conference of the Alliance of Area Business Publications. The organization represents 70 publications that deliver customized regional business news to more than 1.2 million business pros in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Australia. Members include the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Crain’s family of newspapers and magazines like Florida Trend.

The conference includes various sessions for publishers and editors. I’ll be moderating one on the emerging role of social media in business news reporting. Our panelists are Alan Baker of Crain’s Detroit, Eric Olson of the Springfield Business Journal, and newspaper consultant Kevin Slimp.

I'll tell 'em you said hi.

I'll tell him you said hi.

Other panels address the challenges of staffing and managing a print and online newsroom, what online journalism tools are available, integrated sales and how to maintain value in a down market.

We’re hoping to learn a lot from these sessions, in addition to networking with our fellow business news organizations to see how they’re making it in this choppy economy. And I’m looking forward to checking out Minneapolis, a city I’ve never visited before.

More updates from Minnesota coming soon.


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Little Rock hosted the conference in 2005.

Last year’s event took place in Charleston, S.C., and Denver played host the year before.