So here's the thing -
The decision was made for the new homepage to reflect what it is that people are actually interested in. We used to have lots of news, which mostly was event coverage. We spent a massive quantity of money covering these events, and most of the time this is what is referred to the 'glory days'.
However, I have been watching the numbers for years, as I can see exactly who reads what. Frankly, people stopped giving a fuck about the news we were writing a very, very long time ago. Sure you might have clicked through for a quick second, but then you got bored of the article, scrolled through quickly maybe looked at a photo, glanced at the results and then may or may not have watched the video.
We saw this countless times - the news just wasn't getting read. What we were doing was ramming stuff you didn't give a shit about in your face, and hiding the stuff you did care about.
The reason that you occasionally see news pop up - think facebook interviews, voleurz shutting down, Dave Lesh Exposed, and a smattering of others - is this is actually the news that people give a flying rats ass about. When the news is interesting, it makes it to the top.
The remote article thing is about trying to make sure that here on Newschoolers you can always get the absolute best news anywhere on the internet about skiing. Same logic as allowing Vimeo or YouTube back in the mix - we don't want to exclude good content just because it is at another site.
What we have failed at is properly communicating this. We need more people sharing remote news, and more people who do follow latest news in order to get a few votes into the system.
My best suggestion for you is to try out the Top Rated of the day/week news. That gives you a pretty good smattering of the best stuff out there currently.
The main problem though is that Ski Journalism has cancer. Its dying a slow death in a terrible rut that its been in for years. We only get to read the same puff-piece interviews about athletes we already know about doing things we've heard a million times. We get to read event coverage about the same slopestyle course at the same mountain with a slight variation on tricks and one new up-and-comer who 'is blowing up' or whatever other cool word might try to be used.
Newschoolers news program didn't break, we just had the guts to stand up and say "Fuck that, we will not allow the same boring shit to be at the top of our site time and time again. Whether we write it or someone else writes it, we will only show what the people are interested in."
The best thing you can do if you care about the state of news is head on over to the Journalist Network cult.
Request an invite, as we'd love to have you no matter what. We need consumers of news, curators and Journalists alike - as we need to work as a team to fix the state of Journalism in skiing.
In addition, this is why we're injecting money and gear into the system. We have a few people on our top-level journalist program, and I encourage you to share ideas about news you'd like to see. Hopefully we can attract better and better talent, as well as share the nuggets of good news happening around the internet - and form a new world of exciting ski journalism where people actually read the words written vs. just scroll through them quickly.
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