Editor & Publisher is already lampooning this as “A Bridge too Favre,” noting the phlegmatic quarterback hasn’t even joined the Vikings yet.
So do I hate it? No I don’t.
Frankly, I wish newspaper websites would do this more often. Sure, the “Favre page” might be obsolete in two weeks, but so what? Even if you loathe the diva-like signal-caller, this is a big story right now and it only helps readers to aggregate their ongoing coverage somewhere.
In fact, ex-Stribber Matt Thompson, of vita.mn fame, has a project as a University of Missouri fellow that builds on this concept, helping the Columbia Missourian create a “News wiki” that synthesizes “the story so far.”
That’s well beyond what the Strib is doing, but they’re on a continuum. What the Strib really needs more pages like the Favre page. They do have a “Tim Pawlenty Page,” (which could use a redesign and rewrite) and a “U.S. Senate page” (ditto). I might start pages on the 2010 gubernatorial hopefuls, though I’m not sure the Strib has enough programmers.
Newspapers are about helping make sense of the world for readers. The Brett Favre page — despite the insanity of the saga — does that.