This is a single issue Sampler. This is the front page of the Asheville Citizen-Times, a paper of which I’m an alum.
Take a closer look at that “Cyber Monday” story.
I’ve never seen a story sponsored by a business on the front page of a metro paper. Have I been asleep? (Don’t answer that!)
I know that newspapers are desperate for money. When I was an editor, I objected when the ad department wanted to sell ads stripped across the bottom of the front page. I lost and the world didn’t end. But “sponsoring a story” on the front page? That’s a bridge pretty damned far.
Sponsored content used to be what we called advertising.
*That’s a joke.