Someone posted a wisecrack on the Reading Eagle Rants yesterday about how the Eagle Web site insists on using an Associated Press wire feed that is essentially obsolete. That's because the newsroom entrusts its site to software developers with zero news background.
After the Rant was posted, you figured the Web department would be on its toes, trying to speed up updates. Instead, they dug in their heels and insisted, we're not going to update the AP headlines anymore, no matter what you say, so there. Nyahh!
So here it is, a screen grab of the AP Top Headlines page, captured at 4:35 p.m. today.
The "top" story, "Troubled portrait emerges of Fort Hood suspect," emerged on the news wire at 1:35. That's a.m.
Four links down on the page, there's the headline "NYC to host ticker-tape parade for Yankees." That parade started almost six hours ago. Sorry you missed it.
And don't you just love how the article called "Dartmouth scientist says Oswald rifle photo real" is illustrated with a cute little Reading Eagle button!
Here's the menu of actual, up-to-the-minute headlines that runs on the Reading Eage's hosted AP news page, which the company is apparently still paying for but not linking to because the Eagle developers didn't develop it. Loads faster, too.
The Eagle is soliciting feedback on its new look. Go get 'em.
UPDATE: It's 9:30 a.m. Saturday and the Eagle site is still leading with Thursday night's news. Everyone's off for the weekend so (yawn) who cares?