I regret to inform you that your online presence sucks so much that it about moves me to tears. As you are aware, since it passed right over you, like it passed right over me, we had incredibly bad weather last night.
As I was flipping back and forth between the networks, watching to make sure that neither I nor the Butcher were in the line of fire, they said that I-40 was shut down for ten miles. They said there might have been touchdowns in Fairview.
If that information is on your website, I can’t find it. I can, however, discover how to cope with the emotional toll of the disaster and learn how to submit my own photos to your website.
May I remind you that you are a newspaper, not a social networking site? Seriously, if people want to show the world pictures of their dogs, they can get a blog like the rest of us. You, Sirs and Madams, should be a place where I can find out news.
I mean, for gods’ sake, I can easily find out on your website how awesome-o Brad Paisley is, but I cannot see who won the Democratic primary.
But I can go to WKRN and easily find the news that interests me. WSMV is set up to give me all that information at a glance. I can easily find their stories about the weather and about the primaries AND they let folks submit pictures of their dogs.
This morning you had two big stories you had to cover in your paper–the storm and the primaries. And there on your front page, as of 7:50 a.m. is nothing about the primaries and the stuff you have about the storms is a mess.
See, you are a newspaper and traditionally in newspapers, the most important news goes at the top of the page. Over at WSMV, at the top of their page, I learn that there are 15 people dead from the storms in my immediate area and that Clinton won the primary.
Need I point out that, right now, at your site, the two highest stories on your page are about some people who survived the storm and the afore mentioned “how to get in touch with your storm feelings” story.
I survived the storm, too! I have feelings! I’m not on the front of your website.
BECAUSE THE FACT THAT I SURVIVED THE STORM AND HAVE FEELINGS IS NOT NEWS.