We hope that the (seemingly reluctant to be actually blogging) bloggers who bemoan the prospect of a new media era* take heart in these two photos sent to us by a reader — apparently, some people will go to INCREDIBLE LENGTHS to get at the print product. (possible jokes to make here could be doesn’t she know she can get one for free if she stays in any shitty hotel or it’s not like anyone PAYS FOR USA Today or is this the first time “drilling down” and USA Today have been used in the same sentence? but I’ll bet you can come up with a better one.)

OK, no, really, this is apparently a Clear Channel employee (they own those big green newspaper boxes) who’s doing something pretty exciting looking to the USA Today segment of a box at 9th and Irving. Perhaps they’re taking Sex Pigeon’s advice and trading print media for street food?


*Which one do you think we are: “Bloggers offering naive takes on the day’s events in turgid prose” or “enterprise projects that read like a high-school yearbook section” or “preening academics and political activists presuming to know more about news coverage than the pros”? I hope it’s the yearbook one, that one sounds like the most fun!

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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  • Brock Keeling

    Dave Eggers will jerk off to this lady every night.

  • Greg Dewar

    While I like the new newsracks, as they do clean up the neighborhood quite nicely, one can’t help but notice how several of the papers are on the death watch list, and one paper who has rack space, Asia Week, is no more (at least in print).

    but one good thing about the new newsracks: they don’t have those beartrap doors that can take your fingers off when you pick up a real estate guide or whatever ,and don’t make that annoying noise when they slam….