A few things are becoming clear about the new Star-Advertiser and its website:Breaking news is not a priority on the web. The site is static. This morning as I write there are two items in the Latest News/Updates box on the front page. You can’t subscribe to an RSS feed for breaking news. The rest of the page is static. It’s essentially the paper put online, the way newspapers were doing the Web say 10 years ago. My gut is that the revenue is in print right now and the focus of the new company has to be to keep and grow all that revenue. (By the way, I’m sympathetic to the challenges of launching a new website. Except that in this case the owners had a website to build on, the old Star-Bulletin site, so I think it’s fair to have expected something better out of the box. Why wouldn’t the owners want to dominate breaking news the way they’ll dominate the printed page?)
The approach to presentation in the newspaper is a tabloid in a broadsheet dress. I’m familiar with the approach because I produced a tabloid in Denver that every Saturday had to appear as a broadsheet. I think a strength of the Star-Bulletin was packaging, and we’re seeing that carried over into the Star-Advertiser. But the long wire stories …
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Virgin Launches HNL-LAX Flights
Virgin America, recently acquired by Alaska Air, expanded its Honolulu service Thursday with daily flights to and from Los Angeles. Virgin will add flights between LAX and Kahului-Maui in June.
Sine Die At Hawaii Legislature
The House and Senate will conclude the 2016 session Thursday. Civil Beat will be there and reporting on the happenings.
KCC Chancellor Richards To Retire
Following a series of campus no confidence votes, University of Hawaii System leaders announced Wednesday that Kapiolani Community College Chancellor Leon Richards will step down after KCC’s May 15 commencement.
The House and Senate also killed bills to let psychologists prescribe drugs and fund a new jail on Oahu, but did hand water permits to A&B on Maui.