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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cooke column on Jerry Green shows Courier is Gannett stepchild

Online version put up day and a half after print version.
If Plainfield readers needed yet another proof the Courier News is a neglected stepchild of Gannett's New Jersey operations, Sunday's Jay Jefferson Cooke column provides yet another example.

Titled 'Hey Jerry, if you need to talk, I'm here' (see online here), it was addressed to Plainfield Assemblyman Jerry Green and gave some insights into the legislator's relationship with the columnist.

Problem is that the column was available in the Courier PRINT EDITION when I picked it up at 5:15 AM on Sunday.

The online version has a time stamp of 6:16 PM Monday, a day and a half after the print edition was out.

Sadly, this has become par for the course now that Gannett's website is maintained out of its Neptune location.

Whether the Courier gets short shrift because the Neptune folks don't care about it or because they are understaffed and overstretched, the result is the same: online Courier readers get some of the news that's fit to print, some of the time on time.

Like the old saying goes, 'It doesn't matter whether the jug hits the rock or the rock hits the jug, it's the jug that suffers'.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Alan Goldstein said...

Cooke column also shows he doesn't have a whole lot to say about much either. Plainfield is the real stepchild anyway. Thanks for that Jerry. You are the one constant.

Anonymous said...

How does Cooke qualify to be on the editorial board of any newspaper. Hey, I don't care much for Jerry Green either, but the Cooke guy is a joke. I just read this article and I have no idea what the hell he is talking about. It looks like he is just trying to pick a fight with somebody, anybody, in order to sell more newspapers. Nothing sells newspapers in Bridgewater as much as scandal in Plainfield. If he wants to sell more papers, then maybe he should focus on doing some actual quality reporting. He should also learn how to write. Maybe I will send my fifth grader over to give him some lessons.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 7:53AM - What in the heck was the column about?