Putting out a summer guide is not every alt-weekly staff writer's idea of a good time. To produce the Pacific Northwest Inlander's award-winning special section, editor and publisher Ted S. McGregor Jr. gathered his staff in a room and wouldn't let them out until they came up with some ideas that would make the guide not only fun to create but fun to read. This is the 29th in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners.

Continue ReadingTed McGregor: Pitching a Special Section

Editor and publisher Ted S. McGregor, Jr., made an appearance this morning on the Al Franken Show, which was broadcast from the Inlander's hometown of Spokane, Wash. McGregor got a chuckle from the host, whose new book is called "The Truth (with jokes)," when he said his 13-year-old paper has proven that its readers want "the truth, with movie reviews." He also discussed alt-weeklies and their place in the universe, and gave a shout-out to his alt-weekly friends publishing in conservative towns like Colorado Springs, Cincinnati and Louisville. (To hear the interview, move the scroll bar on this podcast about four-fifths of the way through the show.)

Continue ReadingPacific NW Inlander’s McGregor on Air America
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Literary publicist Bev Harris sounded the alarm about the integrity of voting software after she discovered that Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., had an ownership share in Election Systems & Software, one of the big three companies that make electronic voting machines. She posted that revelation on her Web site, following it with other evidence that raised doubts about the reliability of vote-counting software. George Howland Jr. describes in Seattle Weekly Harris's evolution from Web advocate to media darling. He questions whether she and her allies will be successful or "like presidential candidate Howard Dean—an online tiger and an analog kitten."

Continue ReadingElection Reformer Takes Message from Web to Real World