I first saw this come over PRNewswire, than read about it on AP and others.
At first glance, I brushed it aside because, frankly, it’s not all that exciting to me that MetroMix is expanding. But after hearing a fellow student here at Medill make a comment on how excited she would be at the prospect of working for the Chicago Tribune, I thought I’d get on my new media soapbox.
This deal epitomizes what doesn’t excite me about traditional media companies. Expanding their MetroMix brand to deliver a national advertising network targeted at young, affluent urbanites? Not exactly a revolutionary self-examination of what the Tribune is, and is not, doing well, in my opinion.
Now, I’m not saying the joint Tribune/Gannett venture won’t be commercially successful. Obviously those who orchestrated the deal believe so. And I’ll readily admit, it’s a great resource for finding events in Chicago (where I live). But it still has so many old media hangups. Such as…
Submitting a listing
Below is a screen shot of the “submit a listing” button, neatly tucked away well below the fold, so to speak, on the lower left sidebar.
Not exactly a ringing endorsement of community participation.
If you do find, navigate to, or stumble upon the “submit a listing” button, you get the screen below:
This screen comes complete with the following disclaimers:
- Metromix only accepts e-mail and online form submissions; no mail or fax submissions will be accepted
- We are not able to confirm receipt of submissions, due to the amount of mail we receive.
- We cannot guarantee the inclusion of any event in our listings.
Wow, they are really inviting the community to participate.
(In full disclosure, I’ve never submitted an event or a venue to MetroMix, so I can’t speak to how well they respond).
Although there are reasons (and valid ones) that such disclaimers exist, the fact remains that MetroMix failes to capitalize on an inherent capability of the medium: its decentralization.
Traditional media companies don’t do well with that.
Okay, I’m finished.