The WSJ Not Getting Google Press Releases?

The Wall Street Journal is a great paper — hey, I write OpEds there now and then, so it must be good — but is it not getting Google press releases anymore? I ask because it has a story today talking about Google’s 1-800-GOOG-411 voice-based search service, and it sorta acts like it’s new news. But it isn’t, because the service was launched last week as the story concedes.

What gives? How is this breaking news, and why is it getting coverage like this days after launch? I feel like I’m missing something here, especially given that it’s Don Clark writing the piece and he’s usually fairly savvy at this sort of thing.


  1. The Journal may be better than most, but by and large newspapers are still pretty slow-moving beasts when it comes to that kind of thing.

  2. The rolling news channel BBC News 24 here in the UK actually had a piece of ‘breaking news’ last week, saying Snoop Dogg has not been permitted to enter the UK for his tour with P Diddy. The problem? Nothing, except the said ‘breaking news’ had been on the BBC News website 3 days prior to that.
    I think papers and TV news channels do some kind of active load management like in servers; when there is nothing to report they report old news as if it were, um can’t say fresh off the press, fresh off the PR offices perhaps…

  3. That’s it in a nutshell — if you are accustomed to getting an infinite “river of news” online, you forget that there are physical limitations to how much news a paper can put out on any given day. Some of the more cynical news editors refer to this as the “news hole,” which in my mind always evoked the “memory hole” from Orwell’s “1984”.

  4. Ah, that’s probably it. I forget that I’m mainlining news via my feed readers, and day-old stuff feels so … you know, last week.

  5. That one surprised me, too. All the news that fits, we print?