Monthly Archives: October 2003

Molecular journalism

October 23, 2003
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NanoBots’ Howard Lovy muses on the challenges of reporting on technology so small it can dance on the point of a pin. … take a look at the way important science policy issues are being presented right now (including some of the nanotech writing I’ve pointed out on this site), and you’re forced to...

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A tough town for newsies

October 23, 2003
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The New York Times profiles the city where a newspaper editor was murdered awhile back.

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Yeah, Right Department

October 23, 2003
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From a Chicago Trib column about naming the ill-fated Cubs fan: “It’s not simply a matter of getting the facts right. Our professionalism demands that we balance legitimate news value against the potentially harmful consequences of our coverage. That’s what good ethical decision-making is all about.” How often do we really make that decision?...

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On the langauge getting away from us

October 23, 2003
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Another Testy Copy Editors thread becomes a debate over putting profanity in the paper. The fact that it’s happening so often these days suggests we’re nearing a critical mass on the issue of printing “family” newspapers. When the family’s everyday language begins to contain “sucks,” “piss,” “shit” and “fuck,” how long can we hold...

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On making an Ass of U and Me

October 23, 2003
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Clay on always testing your assumptions. He points up the obvious — never assume “they’d never be that stupid” — and adds a subtle hint. A couple of bonus points here: Study the results of your spell check. It contains wonders. Yes, it might flag all the names as being misspelled. But that could...

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A new look

October 22, 2003
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Scott Shepler, the guy who drew the signature image on my homepage, came through with perhaps the world’s only illustration of an editor printing the chaff. Naturally I had to redesign the whole page to make the visual work … what other way is there to do things? This was Scott’s first draft, though...

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Job update

October 22, 2003
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Let’s go huntin’ jobs: Indy Star needs a local news copy editor. Chicago Trib is hiring two metro editors. Biloxi Sun Herald needs an assistant city editor. Dayton Daily News wants a news designer. Dow Jones Newswires is hiring an entry-level copy editor. Richmond Times-Dispatch needs a copy editor. Seattle Times is preparing for...

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Where have all the young men gone?

October 22, 2003
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Wherever they are, they’re not watching enough TV, the networks says. I have no idea where they’re all going — has a new chain of strip clubs opened? — but because I can blog, I can speculate: must be they’re all blogging! (Posted in the grand Blogosphere tradition of attributing everything to this Revolutionary...

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Kids and ancient video games

October 22, 2003
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Nathan Cochrane describes what happens when today’s kids play the first video games. Funny stuff. The gamers thought that the 1981 hit that established Nintendo as more than a company that could print playing cards, Donkey Kong, was “gay, but cool”. EGM: Who’s that chick Mario is rescuing up there? Brian: It’s Princess Peach....

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Strunk & White greatest hits

October 22, 2003
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From the page on commonly misused expressions: Compare. To compare to is to point out or imply resemblances, between objects regarded as essentially of different order; to compare with is mainly to point out differences, between objects regarded as essentially of the same order. Thus life has been compared to a pilgrimage, to a...

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