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Re: Daylilies


I thought of web links too, since such a tiny b/w photo would be of little
use.   Figured the plug for the site, perhaps with permission, would also
equal "payment for services rendered".  The only hitch is, believe it or
not, not everyone has internet access.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2004 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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:
>
> > Gene,
> > 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.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> >
> >
> > ----- 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
> > not
> >> 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
> >> www.munchkinnursery.com
> >> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
> >> 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
> > total
> >>> lack of gardening info, etc.  I received a reply.
> >>>
> >>> "..... also wanted to let you know that there are going to be some
> > changes
> >>> in
> >>> 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
> > wonder!
> >>> I already was aware that some change was coming.  Our Hort Ed told
> >>> me he
> >> was
> >>> asked to write 4 feature articles for them.  So I am looking forward
> >>> to
> >> some
> >>> decent material to go with my morning coffee instead of just
> >>> political
> >>> stuff.
> >>>
> >>> Kitty
> >>
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