Skipping school: On February 1, the Maine Department of Education released a list of changes it was making in financial aid to local school districts. Nearly all those alterations were reductions, in some cases substantial ones.
Campaign? What campaign? Want to find out what really went on at the Jan. 20 gubernatorial debate in South Portland? You might try reading the anemic article that appeared in the Portland Press Herald.
You could check out the clueless coverage from WCSH-TV.
Connor’s many corners: MaineToday Media publisher Richard Connor gave an intriguing speech to the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce in Augusta on Jan. 20. According to an account by reporter John Hale in the Jan.
Nothing but good news: For several years, Portland Press Herald staff writer David Hench has turned out copy that makes it appear he’s some sort of unofficial spokesman for Maine’s law-enforcement agencies. Hench churns out the good news, and if the cops screw up, they can count on Hench to spin the story their way.
Non-commercial no shows: In my posting earlier this week on the Arbitron radio ratings for the Bangor area, there was a notable omission. It didn’t mention public radio.
Stephen isn’t the king:
Offensive explanation: Let me give Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram executive editor Scott Wasser credit for being forthright in his Jan. 17 column dealing with an issue of some concern to his newspapers’ readers.
Stirring the Soup: The Village Soup-owned Bar Harbor Times has a new editor.
On January 8, Holly Anderson – since June, the acting editor of the Republican Journal in Belfast (also owned by Village Soup) – was put in charge of the Mount Desert Island weekly. Anderson replaces Greg Fish, the editor of the Times since 2001.
Free ride? Scott Wasser, the executive editor of MaineToday Media (his company Web bio still claims he lives in Dallas, but I’m told he’s since moved to Maine), finds time in his busy schedule each week to write a Sunday column reviewing a hot new car.
Christie gets cracking: John Christie, former publisher of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel dailies, will officially launch his Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Jan. 7, when its first in-depth story appears in the Bangor Daily News, the Lewiston Sun Journal, the Ellsworth American, and the Mount Desert Islander.