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By K. Paul Mallasch

Downsized in 2005 from a midsize day-by-day newspaper within the Midwest and at the run from a soon-to-be ex-wife, intrepid webmaster Paul Malinski transforms into kpaul. His target is to begin a information and data resource from the floor up, anything actually through the folks and for the folk.  

On his trip, he learns much approximately journalism, greed, love, black holes, Occupy Wall road, robots and automation, poetry, selflessness, psychological ailment and masses extra. maybe most vital, he learns approximately himself and that one individual by myself cannot do everything.

This is an autobiographical novel, a piece of fiction that describes the ongoing decline of huge media and the increase of "citizen journalism" as visible in the course of the eyes of a guy who believes that Journalism is far too vital to depart to massive businesses.  

Section A - Hyperlocal information / Obits
  • Chapter A1 - goodbye, and thank you for the entire Fish Wrap!
  • Chapter A2 - Redbud is my Rosebud
  • Chapter A3 - inform me. Is the Lord of the Blogosphere in?
Section B - Politics / way of life / Money
  • Chapter B4 - Presidential Deliverance from Underwear
  • Chapter B5 - Ex-Mas Eve lower than the Lilith Tree
  • Chapter B6 - Babylon's Richest guy until eventually the top of the Chapter
Section C - nationwide / international News
  • Chapter C7 - interval comma exclamation point
  • Chapter C8 - rapidly created Believeland Tourism Video
  • Chapter C9 - Die deadly with a difficult Weapon
Section D - Arts / Opinion / Editorial
  • Chapter D10 - Whiner, Whiner, poultry Diner
  • Chapter D11 - Blue Journalist wishes nutrients Badly!
  • Chapter D12 - Quantum Entanglement/Journalism Engagement

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She nodded, listening closely. Then, with no be aware from me, she shuffled a pile of papers apart to bare a wide checkbook – the sort companies used. “Who should still I make this out to? ” she requested, having a look up at me, her glasses perched precariously on the finish of her nostril. i did not understand how to reply. Did she imagine i used to be attempting to promote her anything? I hadn't pointed out ads in any respect. i noticed in that second I hadn't given a lot suggestion to forming an legit corporation within the conventional experience. I thought of myself a sole-proprietor. “I wager my identify? ” I spelled it out for her letter by means of letter. She ripped the try out and slid it throughout her table. “What's this? ” I requested, choosing it up. She had written me a cost for $100 – with out me asking. possibly simply doing sturdy journalism and supplying a provider to the group may repay? “Just a bit support. ” She smiled. “You cross get 'em. ” I thanked her profusely and left a company card. I cashed the money at the as far back as Elwood, preventing at a financial institution in Alexandria. I felt flush with funds. I knew 100 funds wasn't much - would not make or holiday me or her - yet i really favored the gesture from an individual I thought of a real hero within the Muncie group. She gave every thing she had so one can attempt to provide Muncie another information resource. * * * Another vital assembly I had early on used to be with Phil Bailey. Reese had steered that I check with him. Phil had released the Muncie boost. The play on phrases within the identify gave away the most cause for the unfastened weekly tabloid – ads – yet he had performed very well for himself through the years. The version used to be basic. Run a wide, neighborhood picture at the disguise with a touch of canned, nationwide content material at the inside of, after which promote hundreds advertisements. He was once such a success, Blue Sphere confident him to promote out for a wide pile of cash. Rumors have been the quantity was once over one million funds. a part of the deal required him to signal a 10 12 months non-compete contract, announcing he would not commence one other print tabloid within the quarter. The non-compete interval was once virtually over. Reese had pointed out Phil was once very drawn to Muncie loose Press. I met him at Stirling's Pub and Eatery in downtown Muncie. The bar had had many names and vendors through the years, however it used to be one of many longest constantly working watering holes within the urban. Muncie was once often called little Chicago at one time for a cause. Stirling's had at one aspect in its illustrious occupation have been domestic to the solar Press “drunk desk. ” Grizzled and exhausted journalists, editors, and photographers all met for beverages to speak about what had occurred within the newsroom or the town that day. in addition they noted what might ensue subsequent in addition to occasions that had taken areas 1000s of years past. Our assembly used to be at 12 p. m. The bar used to be empty of alternative consumers whilst I arrived at 11:30 a. m.. I took a seat subsequent to a wall so i may see the full room and look forward to his arrival. I hadn't deliberate what i might say, yet I knew i'd need to carry a marginally diversified pitch to him.

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