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Friday, June 10, 2005

Brad and Angelina

One of our front page stories and segment this morning, seen here was around Hollywood and the summer movie season. The commentary by our movie critic Mary Pols looked at today's release of Mr. and Mrs. Smith starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. I had four or five readers who didn't like it. The sentiment was they didn't want to see Hollywood on the front page.


Blogger neonormal said...

Oh yawn.

I read your paper almost everyday, including Friday's.

I don't recall this article because I scan over Hollywood garbage like this without an after thought.

Does that answer the question of whether your page one news holes should be filled with fluff?

Put me in the column with those other four or five readers.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Chris Lopez, Times Editor said...

Oh, I don't know. I'd hardly call the front page that Friday as "fluff" given that the story we led the paper with was the arrests of two men in Lodi for lying to the government, and two other above-the-fold stories were a report critical of the FBI in pre-Sept. 11 days and then a local story on the ongoing debate about growth boundaries in Contra Costa County. Add in the Hollywood scene and you end up with a little something for everybody. Not to mention we also had our Prep Athletes of the year featured on the front page. It was a wide-ranging front page, that's for sure. Predictable? Hardly. What we're learning is that readers are looking for all sorts of items and entry points on the front page and not simply the traditional "most important" stories of the day. We rarely get into a discussion of what are the "most important" stories today, but rather get into a discussion of what are the "most interesting" stories today.

10:27 AM  
Blogger neonormal said...

I didn't disparage any of your other page one selections, just the Hollywood nonsense. So don’t get yourself worked up over those. The rest was fine.

As far as putting something for everyone on your front page: I don't get it. Your paper like nearly every other usually puts news on the front page. Brad and Angelina are front page fodder for grocery store tabloids, not a newspaper. Most people who read your paper in my sphere of contact don't care about celebrities that much.

Your movie critique was entertainment. Unless that movie brought huge ticket lines, or one of the actors to a local theater, or something newsworthy, that story should nave been in Time Out.

8:28 AM  

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