Monthly Archives: November 2003

Paul Simon on the nature of news

November 25, 2003
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No, not the and-Garfunkel guy, I’m talking about former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon (who has such a great voice it’s a shame he didn’t become a talk radio jock), who used to own small newspapers in southern Illinois before he grew up and became a congressman. In an Editor & Publisher piece on profit-mad...

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Hey Clyde, there’s more to life than money

November 25, 2003
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New York Times piece laments inherent newsiness of journos gone bad (and getting rich), and ignores inherent good news: as long as it’s news that our colleagues are screwing up royally, it means the rest of us aren’t. In a refreshing aside, I wasn’t the only one absent a clue about Paris Hilton. But...

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Confession of raw cluelessness

November 24, 2003
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I thought Paris Hilton was a place, not a person.

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Reverse dictionary

November 24, 2003
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Nifty post at JournoList. The OneLook Reverse Dictionary is ingenious, entertaining and might even be useful. You know there’s a word for something, but you can’t remember it. Type your definition into the box, and the dictionary comes up with the word. For instance, I tried “phobia about the number 13″ and it up...

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Back in the U.S.A.

November 24, 2003
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Tequila Mockingbird returns from visits to London and Paris. And she took some swell pictures. Tim Porter is back from Oaxaca with a post about finding younger readers. Newspapers need younger people writing and editing them, just as they’ve learned they need Spanish-speaking journalists to reach Spanish-speaking audiences. Do they have to print the...

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Keep your editor happy

November 24, 2003
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Media Bistro has a bunch of tips for free-lance writers on avoiding collisions with their editors. Among the suggestions: Most editors are in a position to offer a bit of wiggle room on a deadline as long as you give them one to two weeks’ warning. Whatever you do, don’t surprise them on the...

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Reporters say the darnedest things

November 24, 2003
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The Testy Copy Editors reveal some of the most memorable malapropisms. Reporter does a story about a nature preserve and makes note of a magnificent blue herring spreading its majestic wings and flying off. I say a little prayer of thanks when I see stuff like this, because it means I’ll always have a...

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Careful what you ‘refuse’

November 23, 2003
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From a story about the tumult in the former Soviet republic of Georgia: For Shevardnadze, the silver-haired 75-year-old president who served as Soviet foreign minister in the waning days of the Soviet Union and has led his troubled country of 5 million since 1992, the day was a steady drumbeat of bad news. Trusted...

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The Michael Jackson-Citizen Kane connection

November 23, 2003
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I did some poking around yesterday and came across an item by mystery novelist/blogger Roger L. Simon linking to my rant about Michael Jackson. Somebody posted this in the comments: You wonder why the focus on Jackson by the media? What journalist, print or TV, has not seen “Citizen Kane”? Every newsroom producer with...

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A new ‘about’ page

November 22, 2003
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I’ve been meaning to do a better “about this site” page, so this morning I finally got around to it. It’s the post below; feel free to skip over any details you already know.

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