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The sales person formally known as a “print ad rep”

If every newspaper account executive that has thought of themselves as a “print ad rep” follows Terry Widnener’s example …

Terry Widener has been selling newspaper ads for 35 years. But until last fall, Ms. Widener, a 53-year-old saleswoman at The Knoxville News Sentinel in Knoxville, Tenn., had never sold an Internet ad.

Then in a two-week sales “blitz” intended to test an innovative partnership between newspapers and Yahoo, she persuaded advertisers to buy $200,000 in online ads that ran on the paper’s Web site and on Yahoo. That represented about a seventh of the amount she typically sells in an entire year.

“I’m pretty much from the old school,” Ms. Widener said. “It was such a learning experience. Hopefully I am going to sell more and more online.”

From a New York Times piece on Friday on the Yahoo Consortium.

Hey, it’s nice to be noticed

The Inland Press Association presented its New Frontier Awards during its annual meeting in San Antonio earlier this week and knoxnews won a top “General Excellence” award.

The judges said:

The Knoxville site is everything you want a news site to be: It’s smartly reported, deeply local, and amazingly agile. There’s an immediacy about the site that shows up just about everywhere, from text alerts to video that comes straight off the news to a river of headlines. The site is executing well across many different types of content and engagement — video and photos, breaking news, blogs and user interaction.

The importance of programming — or, at minimum, thinking like a programmer — is a skill every journalist needs. And this site displays that mindset well. The user interface is beautiful, and the producers are fearless in changing presentation to match the biggest news of the day. Every local news site should serve its audience so well

More details and a very gracious “thank you” to the Inland judges.

David Bryne would miss investigative reporting by newspapers

How does a democracy work without (in-depth) news? It doesn’t. While most of the population will not care about access to high-quality news, there are always some who read to find out what’s really going on, and why. Dictatorships, totalitarian regimes and underdeveloped countries don’t have the luxury of investigative journalism, and the news-as-entertainment in highly capitalist regimes isn’t really informative either — it’s bread and circuses. An informed citizenry, said Jefferson, is necessary for a democracy to function.

Dave Bryne.

There actually are a lot of quotable thoughts in Bryne’s post. (via Erin Cubert)