Many years ago — 14 to be exact — when the idea of news organizations having websites on which to display stories was a toddler, many newspeople were horribly aghast at the notion that there would be advertising on the same page on which their stories would appear. They feared that people would not be able to figure out what part of a page is editorial, and what part is commercial.
People, of course, were much smarter than they were given credit for and have been able to figure out the difference.
But, occasionally, there is still the page layout that stops you in your tracks. Like this one in the Washington Post this afternoon, spotted by MPR editor Hart VanDenburg.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories but reflections , observations, and debate.