Shortcuts: Monday 6/29

Shortcuts are hand-picked bits of news, commentary and info from around the city, the region and even from beyond the state line.

Here are today’s shortcuts. Check ’em out.


Ozarks Unbound
What does a laid-off newspaper reporter do in the middle of the collapse of the print news industry? He takes his journalism skills and starts a website, that’s what. Ozarks Unbound is a new, online magazine created by former Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Morning News reporter Christopher Spencer and partner Greg Leding. The site is still in its infancy but is already a daily stop for us. You should check it out, too.

Backyard Tire Fire webcast
Honest FM’s Dgold sat down with Backyard Tire Fire last week. Head on over and check out a couple of in-studio video performances and interviews.


Where’s Michael?
Little Rock’s Blake Rutherford points out the fact that Michael Jackson was on the cover of The New York Times and The Washington Post on Friday but not our state’s largest paper.

From where?
Aubrey Shepherd posted a video of a Bentonville resident who is opposed to the rezoning of the sale barn property which is located in Fayetteville.


Stop all this damned linking!
Appeals court Judge Richard Posner believes that in order to save newspapers, the act of linking to a newspaper story should be banned. In other words, if something like that were to actually be passed, we here at the Flyer wouldn’t be able to send you over to the newspapers’ websites for more information on local stories. It’s an interesting theory considering that if linking were banned, page views on newspaper websites would no-doubt decline. And this is a suggestion on how to SAVE newspapers. Hmm. In honor of such a bright suggestion, we haven’t linked to a single newspaper story in today’s Shortcuts post. I’m sure our local newspapers will appreciate less web traffic today.

Disclosure: The owner of the sale barn property, Billy Joe Bartholomew, is our own Dustin Bartholomew’s grandfather. Read our full disclosure policy here.