New Dog!

The new prairie dog is arriving at street boxes and stands all over Regina RIGHT NOW. It’s real exciting that the city has an indie paper like prairie dog, hey? While other towns are losing their alts — Montreal lost the Mirror in June and Ottawa lost the Express earlier this year — Regina’s prairie dog keeps on trucking, calling it like we see it and generally striving to be smart, entertaining and snotty.

Some highlights of the new issue:

KRESNYAK IN AFRICA Our man Dan went to Ghana as a human rights journalist and did and saw a lot of stuff. He could easily write a bookon it, but for now, here’s a 3,000 word feature.

BUY THE LAND City Hall is making the right call by getting into the Regina Monopoly game, says Paul Dechene.

THE LABOUR DAY REPORT A couple of good features. I really like John Cameron’s poignant reminder to union-haters that the higher waged of union workers are good for the Saskatchewan economy.

WHITWORTH VS. THE DUNLOP I wrote an editorial accusing an art gallery I really love of pulling two ads in prairie dog and running them in, ugh, Verb because they didn’t like a story we printed. Whoa, that’s a pretty serious charge. ┬áMaybe I’m right. Maybe I’m wrong. (I bet ace commentator Barb Saylor thinks I’m wrong!) I’m sticking to my guns on this. I think we’re the victims of some ill-considered malarkey.

STUFF YOU CAN’T READ ONLINE! Top 6 columns, Dakota McFadzean’s comic, Barking Dogs (special bat edition!) and a great Bonus Column by Greg. It’s good stuff! Pick up a paper and have a nice, fun read this weekend, people! I’ll be back on the blog tomorrow.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

9 thoughts on “New Dog!”

  1. book on

    S Dubya, could expand on that a bit?
    You didn’t create a link…

    I paruse the verb only for the recipe ideas, other than band interviews, whats to “read”, that hasn’t already been on MSN /CBC/ etc., for a week?
    Mabye you pissed off some 1 or 2, who is still in charge of the DAG/RPL?

    Did the ads get pulled before or after Bruce came to,( literally ), hang out with you in yer office?

  2. I never thought I’d be on the same side as Barb but I think you’re wrong on this one Stephen.

    I used to work for arts organizations and we always had a very limited budget. We pushed it, we pulled it and through trial and error we worked out how to get the most out of it (in my case, a lot of error). In a small arts organization the communications person is often the writer, web master, advertisers, speech writer, fundraiser, designer and is almost certainly always in survival mode. There’s not a lot of time left for plotting and scheming.

    If there is malarky, which I doubt, the Dunlop still has that right if they think they money is going to have a bigger impact somewhere else, whatever that means to them. They also have the right to criticize your arts coverage (not that I agree with them) and I’d encourage you to listen to what they have to say about it. Not because they might bring their ad money back but because both sides might learn something.

    The article you wrote feels a bit like a bully move and that makes me sad because I know you’re not a bully. Advertisers have the right to move their money for whatever reason they choose. You have the right to cover what you want in the PD. Everyone has the right to be a dick about it, but I wish you wouldn’t.

  3. Sorry for the typos – I’m on a shuttle between San Francisco and Menlo Park at the moment.

  4. Yeah, that seems like a little much. If an organization has a small advertising budget they aren’t beholden to anyone except whoever can get them the most return for their dollar. I think we all doubt that Verb is the place for that, but I wouldn’t blame the guy for trying.

    Also, advertising isn’t about making/being pals, even when it comes to a publication as chummy and local as the p-d. That kind of attitude would put owners of a business OUT of business. The idea of loyalty in advertising and marketing, or that a business owes you something because you make the independent decision to cover it, is something that will only end with you getting your feelings hurt time and time again. As my buddy Chad Novak might say the proof has got to be in the pudding; if your advertising doesn’t give you a good return for your dollar then you don’t advertise there anymore. Seems pretty simple.

  5. About Whitworth Vs The Dunlop read, I agree with the other postings. It’s nothing about PD portraying the Dunlop in a negative light. It’s all about stretching your ads and Ad $ as far as it will go. Prairie Dog is at serious disadvantage against the Verb and Metro. The Verb comes out once/week, Metro is always weekdays and PD only comes out twice a month. And how much more area do they cover vs PD? If PD continues to lose more advertising business against comparible competitors, then PD will need to change the way how they do things or charge.

    About the Labour Day Report, I get this article for the upcoming Labour Day Long Weekend. No matter how much John tries to put unions in a positive light, there is much negativity attached to them. Most of the public hates unions as admitted by some of the union leaders in an article I read from an earlier time. As long as unions, whether private/public, are allowed to strike, then they risk next to no public support anymore. I’m glad some of the private sector unions are trying to find ways to work better addressing this, however some of the public sector leaders/supporters are in their own different world. There is a reason why Union organizing is on the decline. Part of it is whether they really are relevant as John argues against those who say otherwise.

  6. I just got back into town, so haven’t responded until now.
    I’m with Amy, Teim, and m.b. You should can the “I’m so hurt, and besides you owe us” attitude, give the Dunlop the benefit of the doubt…and you should also listen carefully to what Mr. Collins has to say: both you and Greg might learn something.

  7. Hey Amy, thank you for the thoughtful comments.

    I’m standing by my statement that the Dunlop was miles out of line on this one. I am supported in this by our core writers and all of our (puny) staff, including our publisher, who is substantially more displeased than me.

    As for Barb: love her dearly, but she’s just completely wrong this time.

    As for meeting with Mr. Collins, which I would’ve done any time prior to a week and a half ago: that ship sailed when, AFTER pulling two ads following a slightly negative review of a Dunlop show — which is extortion by marketing budget, by the way, and therefore basically censorship — AND putting those ads in a profoundly uncritical and largely un-readable publication, he THEN made the fantastically condescending suggestion that I meet with him to discuss the “quality” of our arts coverage.

    At least he’s bold! Or maybe he didn’t mean it that way, but that’s how it came across — and not just to me.

    None of you would put up with this in my position, including our esteemed friend Mz. Saylor.

    Stuff like this happens three times in an average week at prairie dog. It’s getting a little old.

  8. One final thing: Amy wrote “The article you wrote feels a bit like a bully move.”

    How is cancelling two ads and running them in another publication the day after we run a slightly negative article NOT a bully move?

    You’re criticizing the punching bag newspaper because, for once, it stood up for itself, aren’t you?

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