Slow Tribune news days, front-page follies … and Iowa Cities for $1,000, Alex


The New Albany Tribune has been fairly bland lately, especially with respect to the small number of selected articles that the newspaper chooses to publish on its web site according to no discernable time schedule.

This is why we can’t link you to Sunday’s front-page piece on last Friday’s farmers’ market summit conference. Coverage of the meeting was provided by county reporter Kyle Lowry, who also was the editor’s choice to interpret the March 2 “New Visions” symposium at Destinations Booksellers.

So, have we frightened off Amany Ali?

The ‘Bune’s city editor was not in attendance at the most recent City Council meeting, either. Odd, but the news isn’t all bad, as there have been fewer of her indescribably unique Sunday columns since the beginning of the year. Perhaps she’s on rotating holiday.

Yesterday we were treated to this textbook example of “slow news day” reporting by Chris Morris, the Tribune’s Managing Editor:

“Blades of Steel” will fly during Thunder

“On Thunder Day, April 23, chefs from Kobe Japanese Steak House in Jeffersonville will compete for the honor of top Hibachi chef. The event will be filmed on Thunder Day and broadcast at a later date.

“The event, named “Blades of Steel,” is the brainchild of New Albany Riverfront Director Bob Trinkle.”

We’re seized by the warm fuzzies, because it’s nice of Chris to provide a prime front-page slot for one of the legendary “Trinkle Down’s” self-promotional ventures.

To be sure, there’s something verging on the poetic about imagery that combines the blessedly extinct Stone Deaf Band’s guiding light with wild-eyed, cleaver-wielding Hibachi chefs during Flatulence Over Louisville.

Nonetheless, NA Confidential regrets that it’ll give that telecast a miss.

Instead, we’ll be poring over the Iowa pages of our handy atlas in search of the city called DeBuke.

My closing question: Now that there has been time to consider the results, what do you think about the Tribune’s new look and publishing schedule?