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Re: Daylilies

One way to increase the value of your column is to make it interactive via email. Most of the free-be, wire service stuff can't provide that very satisfactorily. Let the readers choose the plants or topics [within reason, of course]. You could also provide web links to photos, which would provide color and avoid the copyright problem.

On Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at 12:18 PM, Kitty wrote:

I tend to agree with you, but....
In the case of the extension office articles, the Horticulture Educator does
possess "in-depth quality professionalism". I have no idea whether he's
being paid, but since he's a county employee, my bet is that he is not. So
you are right about the 'cheap route' the newspapers are going. However,
this is also most likely to the advantage of the Extension office in the
publicity they get as well as an opportunity to provide a service to the
community (which is what his job is). And it is not like he's writing a
column, it is only 4 articles a year.

In previous posts we discussed why the papers go the cheap route. I'm not
saying I agree with or like it, but as a Marketing major, I understand it.
However, my local paper's cheap route in the past has been to just grab
anything off Scripps-Howard News Service regardless of value and say,
"there! there's your gardening article." As a reader and consumer, I'm
trying to convince them to offer something better.

In regard convincing them to pay experienced garden writers for better
material, what needs to be done is to pitch a sale to the newspaper which
sells the value of a paid-for article, not by the merits of its content, but
by its potential for producing revenue. Newspapers are not NPOs. Perhaps a
group package would be in order. You and 3 nurseries get together. They
agree to place ads in the paper supporting plants in your article.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Bush" <genebush@otherside.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2004 7:20 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Daylilies

Looks as though your local paper is following the trend among
newspapers, Kitty.
Using the local extension office to get gardening material. They do
pay for those articles. Doing their best to go around experienced garden
writers, use no-pay or inexperienced low-pay writers. Bean counters rule.
I do think it is great you are getting a gardening column to read, but
it is a shame they do not want to pay for in-depth quality professionalism
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5 Southern Indiana

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
Actually, I've considered it. However, I wrote them a letter about the
daylilies. I explained that, it wasn't just the daylilies, but the
lack of gardening info, etc. I received a reply.

"..... also wanted to let you know that there are going to be some
our Home section come September, mainly the inclusion of a garden page.
The Home section is now under our Business department but will be
switched to the Features department in the fall. I have heard similar
complaints from other area gardeners about the stories that are
published in our newspaper. I can assure you that will change. The page
will have mainly local content and I will definitely look into
publishing the Master gardening classes you mentioned........."

Can you imagine gardening being part of the Business section? No
I already was aware that some change was coming. Our Hort Ed told me he
asked to write 4 feature articles for them. So I am looking forward to
decent material to go with my morning coffee instead of just political


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