Monthly Archives: September 2003

Share your horror stories

September 25, 2003
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We just had a fun trip down memory lane, sharing tales of being trapped in technology hell. The best stories are from people who suffered the transition from hot to cold type back in the ’70s. If you have any such tales, please send them to me and I’ll post them here.

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Edward Said dies

September 25, 2003
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… read the New York Times obit. Said’s life offers a plain lesson about the tendency of the media to pigeonhole people. From the story: He was an exemplar of American multiculturalism, at home both in Arabic and English, but, as he once put it, “a man who lived two quite separate lives,” one...

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I’m a sucker for personal-meltdown stories…

September 25, 2003
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… like the former Time reporter found dead in her condo last May.

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Publicists, take heed

September 25, 2003
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This is a boldfaced rant to any of you who send us publicity stills of rock ‘n’ roll bands: Give us the names of the people in the picture, for Christ’s sake! This really happened to me just last week: I’m putting together the centerpiece for the Blind Boys of Alabama and the designer...

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Where the flacks flock

September 25, 2003
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Here’s a blog for PR people. This one gets the link because, naturally, its owner linked to my site. And because, let’s face it, we’d be toast without PR people. Scroll down a ways and note some links to stories about the interplay between journalism & PR.

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Score one for Rosen

September 25, 2003
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Another great post, this one about whether news coverage in Iraq is too negative. It’s long and think-piece-ish but worth slogging all the way through.

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Job update

September 25, 2003
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Prague Post needs a special sections editor Des Moines Register needs an opinion page editor. (insert favorite corn-related wise crack here) Investors business daily needs copy editors in Los Angeles. (I take news of IBD hiring as a sure sign of an impending market crash). Mizzou J-school needs a design editor to join its...

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Reader mail

September 25, 2003
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Dear Tom: Something for your “I hate cliches” list. When I was in college, a bunch of folks used to get together to watch old reruns of the Bob Newhart Show (the one where he’s a shrink) and play a drinking game called, “Hi, Bob.” Any time someone said “Bob” on the show meant...

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Why Side Salad rules

September 24, 2003
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It’s not just because one of my old drinking buddies has been photographed wearing a fake mullet, but that’s part of it. It’s sort of a document of life on the Tampa Trib features desk, and a document of what they eat. I endured five years of hell on one of the Trib’s news...

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How to be a better copy editor

September 24, 2003
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Here’s a whole page full of stuff. Nicole posted the pageful of headline tips.So which is it, pageful for page full? If you don’t care, what are you doing here?

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