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“Man Found In Missouri Identified”

Sadly, yet another body was pulled from the Missouri River in Cascade County this week – that makes three.

But from the Department of Bad Headlines comes this from the Trib: “Man Found In Missouri Identified.” That headline makes it sound like there was some guy wandering around the state of Missouri, possibly suffering from amnesia, who was finally identified by family members after seeing his photo on the local news.

Heck, even KFBB managed to do better with its headline: Officials Identify Body in the Missouri River,” remembering to include the word “river.”

But to the Trib’s credit — they were the first Great Falls media outlet to post video about the body being found, including a soundbite from the woman who found the body; good work by Kristen Cates. Of course, it’s hidden behind a paywall, but still – good hustle by Kristen.


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Street or Avenue?

From the Department of Bad Headlines (which also happens to illustrate my rant about “Fourth of July vs. Independence Day”) comes this from the Trib:


This year’s Independence Day fires were relatively few and minor, thankfully…and unlike last year, Hill 57 didn’t erupt into a bonfire.

Here’s a shot of DaVonte and Cody, burning the midnight oil at KRTV after returning from the fire on Gore Hill…Cody just joined the team a few weeks ago, and DaVonte literally started yesterday – they’re off to a great start!

DaVonte McKenith and Cody Proctor at KRTV

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Spellinig, Hashtags

An unfortunate typo at the Trib.

On the other hand, I do appreciate that the Trib included my “hashtag” entry in a recent issue, and even included a clickable link in the online version. Thanks Trib!

UPDATE: Oh. Oh, dear. Here’s another take on the spelling bee, this time from KFBB.

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Bet you didn’t know that today is your lucky day, did you?

Your Lucky Day, sez Tribune

Oh, but wait, what’s this?

AP on Tribune - Approve or Deny?

Meh. Pretty sure it’s harmless, but still…I’ll pass.


Bless their little hearts for trying – as of 9:34 pm, the GF Trib thinks that it’s “breaking news” that a house burned NW of Great Falls … if only they had turned to KRTV.com at 12:57 pm when it was first reported and was *actually* breaking news.

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Paywall Going Up at Trib

The Great Falls Tribune has some…news:

Subscribers will be receiving a letter this week informing them of a price increase. We are raising our newsstand and subscription prices. We will be the last major Montana daily newspaper to go to a $2 newsstand price on Sundays. Effective June 1, our daily newsstand price will go from 75 cents to $1.

Our subscribers will be receiving additional value. All subscribers will receive full digital access to our content including greatfallstribune.com and newly designed apps that enable users full access to custom-designed editions that play to the strength of the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Nonsubscribers’ access will be limited each month, but some content, such as CareerBuildercom, Cars.com and some news stories, will be on our website and will always be accessible, without limit.

Emphasis mine. Heh…love how they bury the lede about putting up a paywall, and don’t even actually say it. Here’s a link to the full article on the Tribune – better click it now before it disappears behind the paywall!

UPDATE, Wednesday: Greg offers his thoughts on some of the reasons for the Tribune’s decision, and offers up some advice that likely won’t be taken:

I can’t blame the Tribune; they have to make a buck just like anyone else. I wonder, though, if anyone studied the elasticity of demand for their services. My wife already complained about the cost of this usually-thin paper, noting a typical morning’s read lasts about 5 minutes or less. I think she’ll cancel our subscription when she sees the price increase. May I suggest, though, that if the Tribune started taking an editorial stand once in a while that might do as much to increase overall revenue as a price increase?

Of course, that raises the question that has bugged me for a long time: why do newspapers have “editorials” at all?

Also: much obliged for the kind words about KRTV.com!

From Greg: “My first thought when I read this yesterday was that “this eliminates any question whatsoever that KRTV.com is by far the best online source of local news and information.”

From Wolfpack: “I second that KRTV.com leads as Great Falls best local news source.”

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