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costumeczar, You guessed correctly! Thanks so much for your post and going the extra mile! I kept going back and forth on whether to send a polite inquiry about this to Holly, but also didn't want to seem stupid about how things generally operate or make her feel like I was angry at her personally.
 

They don't write about weddings much in the paper in general, usually anything wedding-related ends up in Celebrations, so you'd be credited there. This just happened to be a weird situaiton where the wedding was the story and not the specifics of the vendors. What's your facebook page?

post #17 of 22
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carmijok, Thank you so much!  :)  I will definitely be promoting this quite a bit.  I'm also planning to get the article framed as well.  I've never had something like this happen to me before.  So, it was really surreal to wake up to my phone going crazy with people tagging me in pictures they took of Sunday's paper on Facebook and to see that the small picture I was expecting had turned into THAT!  o.O


costumezar, Now that you said that, it makes complete sense.  I don't normally get the Sunday paper, but I do remember there being both a Flair and a Celebrations section now.  I hadn't put two and two together on that until just now.  My Facebook page is www.facebook.com/nerdgirlbakery and my website is www.nerdgirlbakery.com.  I might snag your idea of sticking them in my signature on here though, if you don't mind!  ;)  Both are undergoing some changes to help my business grow, since I've been in the very, VERY beginning stages of attempting to transition from a home-based bakery to a real storefront since before all this occurred.  I've just reached the point where I can't do anymore than I'm already doing from home.


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post #18 of 22

I'm coming out of an absence of about four years to post this. :)

 

I'm a cake/cookie hobbyist ... but a professional reporter.  And while I would probably try to mention the maker of that awesome cake (especially after making it the centerpiece like that! wow!), I can see how if it was an article that was focused on people choosing to have Halloween weddings, that would be just a side note to include if possible. (If fact, I could see my editor cutting it if she was trying to pare down the article a little.)

 

And another side note, because it's a peeve of mine. It's actually been considered very unethical at every newspaper at which I've worked to have advertising affect news-side content AT ALL. You do not write stories (or include things in stories) based on who advertises with you. The very idea nauseates me ... it's that ingrained. "Advertorial" sections do exist, but they have nothing to do with the editorial department, and most editorial departments of my experience despise them.

 

Off soapbox.

 

Gorgeous cake! Now I have to find an excuse next year to write about Halloween-themed weddings. Sounds up my alley. :D

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post #19 of 22
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JillK, Thank you!!  :)  Oh no, I wasn't expecting like a full write up on my business or even a small blurb, but I was a bit shocked after how big of a photo they printed that they didn't have my business name included within the long caption they included under the photo.  I would have been MORE than ecstatic about that!  Regardless, I was already stoked that it was being featured in such a prominent way at all!  :)

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And another side note, because it's a peeve of mine. It's actually been considered very unethical at every newspaper at which I've worked to have advertising affect news-side content AT ALL. You do not write stories (or include things in stories) based on who advertises with you. The very idea nauseates me ... it's that ingrained. "Advertorial" sections do exist, but they have nothing to do with the editorial department, and most editorial departments of my experience despise them.

 

 

The regular news section (which the article was in) doesn't write articles based on advertisers. The Celebrations section is basically a supplement in the Sunday paper that has the wedding announcements (paid placements), baby announcements (paid placements), advertorials (paid placements), stupid guy who gives bad wedding advice column (sponsored placement), ads for wedding shows, etc. in it. That's the section that's the advertising-based content, but the rest of the paper doesn't do that. I've been interviewed by the paper's business section a couple of times, and I never had to pay for those articles., It's the ones in the Celebrations section that are paid ads disguised as articles.

 

I think they do despise the celebrations section, based on the way they handle the people who work on it! The newspaper is a member of the wedding organization that I'm President of, so I've had a little inside info on what they're up to over the past couple of years. A lot of it isn't pretty.

post #21 of 22

Yeah, figured that was all advertorial from what was said before! :P  The thing is, many people can't tell the difference between news-side and advertorial and you run into lots of misconceptions. Not fun!

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post #22 of 22
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Yeah, figured that was all advertorial from what was said before! icon_razz.gif  The thing is, many people can't tell the difference between news-side and advertorial and you run into lots of misconceptions. Not fun!

That's everywhere in the wedding world...90% of publicity is bought somehow, but brides don't know it, it drives me nuts.
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