March Madness Day 7: Huffington Post vs OpenFile and The Daily New vs Live at 5

On today's episode of Long Island Medium...

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The Maddest thing about March thus far is this gosh darn side-wind snowstorm but I'm a sports writer not a meteorologist, damnit. And in bracket town things are scorching hot, with daily battles of New Media vs Old Media that have yielded pretty unsurprising results thus far. If you haven't caught on by now...why the hell are you even reading this? (But sincerely, thank you for doing so.)

Break out that penny-filled pop bottle and give 'er a shake for these jocks, here's the whole nine yards in a pretty picture.

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Yesterday was a bit of a snoozer on the New Media side, with third seed and predicted victor NYT.com using its brains and brawn to send 14th seed Facebook to the cleaners 66-33. We're guessing voters have seen one No Makeup Selfie too many in the ol' feed. Over on the Old Media court the 14th seeded, smack-talking Town Crier took out veteran player and third seed Broadsheet in a welcomed upset. Apparently running your mouth pays off. NEXT!

Despite the weather, battle conditions are clear and today in New Media we've got an interesting pairing—seventh place Huffington Post and a back from the dead, 10th place OpenFile go head-to-head. So who's it gonna be? Ariana Huffington's international empire, with its hooking headlines (it's currently calling this storm 'Sno Angel, lol), its Pulitzer Prize, its (PHOTOS), its Weird News, Style, Entertainment, Politics, Sex, Gossip and so on, or OpenFile (RIP fallen soldier), Wilf Dinnick's community journalism site, where reader-suggested stories dug deep, Morning Files greeted us daily like a warm cup of joe and a fall 2012 "hiatus" was actually the end. This is a toughie. On one hand HuffPo is known for not paying its bloggers because EXPOSURE, GUYS, it's more powerful that paying your bills. On the other hand, a long list of OpenFilers were left without paycheques when the site shut down and pretty sure there are still some freelance journalists waiting for their well-earned monies. So, do we vote based on the quality of the content that comes/came out of these media, or the penny-pinching dicks that run/ran the show? You decide.

Apparently I'm pretty much Theresa Caputo today because over at Old Media we're resurrecting seventh seeded Halifax Daily News back from its grave to challenge 10th seed Live at 5 and its star, Bruce Frisko's hair. Can a dead paper win a fight? I think it's possible. The 29-year-old Daily News may have shut down unexpectedly six years ago but dudes, those wounds are still fresh. We're still a one (local daily) paper town, which is never a good thing. Also if this paper could stop Celine Dion from coming to town it can pretty much do anything. But can the zombie version of the Daily News take down the Maritimes' TV elite, the 32-year-old magazine show, with its Milestones, Maritimers of the Week, its Frisko and all the awkward jokes your heart could ever desire? Yes this show has changed, Cindy Day will never be Nancy Regan (although, today she's earning her keep), but Live at 5 is seemingly un-killable, and it comes to battle packing heat in the form of hairspray. That shit burns the peepers.

That's all for today, folks. Long live journalism and may your shovelling not break your back.

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