Tonight, I wrote an article over at THIS CAMPUS’ NEWSPAPER OF RECORD (if that other paper is the Grey Lady, are we the Blue Lady? I don’t know if we deserve that title, though, I know what we do at parties) about changes to the Voter Funded Media system in elections, during the process of which Taylor Loren said I was OFFISHUL.
ANYWAYS. AMS Confidential editor Kai Green was sassy as hell in an interview and us heartless traditional media types cut out so many hilarious jokes about UBC Insiders only ten people would get. Luckily, only ten people read this blog! So maybe you will be one of those ten people, dear reader. HERE ARE THE SASSY JOKES.
“Insiders is over ten years old. Insiders is like, back in the Gerald Deo days. Insiders is, it’s a dinosaur. It’s not going anywhere.”
On continuous VFM:
“Continuous when we had funding or continuous when there was just a point system and we had to compete with Neal?”
“There was a brief period in which the AMS thought about funding for continuous VFM, which was just not sustainable, because essentially you’re paying other people to do the work that Ubyssey does, and nobody even reads the Ubyssey, so you’re paying extra for nothing.”
“It’s just that there’s not enough involvement and connection at UBC, I think, to make that an accurate reflection, just based on the number of times we were able to spoof the system and keep our numbers above Insiders even though we weren’t posting anything.”
On the promotion for VFM applications:
“I never pay attention to the promotions. I just get an e-mail from Mark that says, hey, do you want to sign up for VFM again this year? and I say, yes, I would like to run that novelty blog. Promotions. Have there been promotions? I hate to say that. There’s a criticism. Have there been promotions?”
On whether or not a thinner field of VFMs hurts the overall product:
“[Would] we getting actually be getting meaningful content out of that, or we’re a bunch of people who are all hacks and friends of friends getting paid to write about their friends? I belong in that category, I don’t think anybody can deny that we’re squarely in that category, but at least we’re upfront about it.”
“It does encourage outlets and media other than your standard Ubyssey. It provides a little bit of reward for people who work so hard on insiders, mostly Neal, I don’t know how Neal lives off of 400-600 dollars a year, but he makes it work somehow.”
To restore a sense of balance, I should also note that she accidentally used the word crippled and then got bashful about it and told me not to print it. I DIDN’T, KAI, YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY
There you go. JOURNALISM LIVES.