Monthly Archives: September 2003

Edna on editors

September 26, 2003
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From the Calvin Trillin profile of Edna Buchanan (linked via Romenesko and newsdesigner yesterday) comes this bit about editors: There are editors who want to cut a story even though it was virtually ordained to run at least sixteen inches. There are editors?often the same editors?who will try to take an interesting detail out...

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Down on the range

September 26, 2003
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Just for the heck of it, a Bill Walsh Sharp Point on idiotic uses of “ranging from…”

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AP needs a copy editor

September 26, 2003
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Scroll down on this page at the Copy Editor newsletter job board. Posted in honor of the ever-popular “Hundreds of Papers Use AP Unedited” threads at Testy Copy Editors.

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George Plimpton dies

September 26, 2003
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Here’s the Google News roundup. Another celebrity passing: Robert Palmer. These bring a question to mind: whom would you rather be remembered as, the Paris Review guy or the guy with the empty-faced, guitar-playing babes in the rock video?

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The sexy life of a food writer

September 26, 2003
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Read all about it in “Food Porn” at CJR. I do the production on our weekly Food section, so any lascivious links about food reporting will be latched upon. OK, the serious part: And never before has interest in food been as avid or as widespread as it is today. Fifty years ago, for...

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From Strunk & White’s greatest hits

September 26, 2003
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A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject.

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D.L. and the bear

September 26, 2003
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Sorry, but celebrity encounters with huge hairy beasts are too precious to ignore.

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Good news about brave U.S. troops

September 26, 2003
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They stood firm in a hurricane to guard the Tomb of the Unkown Soldiers. (There are about 25 punchline opportunities here that I am avoiding because I’m a patriotic American).

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A choice Word Spy entry

September 26, 2003
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Headline risk: The risk associated with something or someone that has the potential to generate an excessive amount of negative publicity. Backgrounder: The real risk involved in headline risk isn’t the initial negative publicity, but how the subject ? usually a company or a politician ? handles that publicity. Lying about it, trying to...

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Full employment for Seattle newsies preserved

September 26, 2003
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It’s good that all those folks working in one of those newsrooms will keep their jobs, now that the JOA’s been upheld again. But there’s always been something fraudulent about JOAs — under the guise of preserving editorial voices, newspapers combine advertising and business functions, create a local advertising monopoly and gouge the hell...

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