Monthly Archives: October 2003

Well editing

October 30, 2003
By

CJR’s langauge corner on the proper use of well. The superstition about “well” seems more widespread than common sense might suggest. Why? A craving for absolutes, perhaps, leading to misguided pedantry. It is well to resist such temptations. Another way of saying “leave well enough alone.” (couldn’t resist).

Read more »

SacBee shoutout

October 30, 2003
By

Nat Henthoff says the Sacramento Bee deserves a Pulitzer for its coverage of the Patriot Act. Among the specific illuminations of how government databases are being filled with the names of Americans unaware they have landed in converging surveillance systems, the first story reported that the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, which calls itself...

Read more »

Ahmad Shawkat, former newsie

October 30, 2003
By

Iraq’s no place to go around writing stories people don’t like. Sometimes they put a bullet in you. Shawkat ignored letters warning him to close the paper after he published articles criticizing radical Islamists. On Tuesday morning, he paid the ultimate price for his principles. Two men followed him to the roof of his...

Read more »

Heisel posting again

October 30, 2003
By

Chris Heisel, who started his new job as an online editor/producer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last month, has started updating his blog again. Whenever I have html design riddles, I go to his page first and look at his source code, because it’s always clean and spiffy.

Read more »

New stuff at the Hammock

October 30, 2003
By

Jeff Houck has some interesting new stuff, including a report from a conference where they said journalists show post-traumatic stress symptoms similar to those experienced by cops and firefighters. See, that means we’re heroes too, right?

Read more »

Sound familiar?

October 30, 2003
By

Tim Porter on newsroom culture and the paucity of training we receive: The culture in most American newsrooms is toxic, dominated by a defensive hierarchy of middle managers who are not rewarded for risk-taking and sustained by systems of reflexive and rote decision-making. The organizational culture of U.S. newsrooms is most often compared in...

Read more »

Count your blessings dept.

October 29, 2003
By

When you think you’ve got it bad, imagine yourself on assignment to Liberia. Tech writer David Carr is over there, reporting on how U.N. peacekeepers use technology in the midst of pervasive ruin. He’s got a journal of his travels going; he just arrived in country this week. From his most recent entry: Arrival...

Read more »

War: who decides the winner

October 29, 2003
By

From a WashPost Op-Ed piece, if you missed it the other day: It’s war because our undefeated enemies say it is and behave accordingly. In that stubborn resistance lies a fundamental truth that seems too often to have eluded American political leaders since World War II: It’s not the winner who typically decides when...

Read more »

‘Q&As are more stenography than journalism’

October 29, 2003
By

Blanp and company muse on the question-and-answer format, which seems to be infecting a lot more of our pages these days.

Read more »

My kinda last request

October 29, 2003
By

Snopes.com reports on an obit in the New Orleans Times-Picayune requesting that memorial gifts for the deceased “be made to any organization that seeks the removal of President George Bush from office.”

Read more »