Monthly Archives: December 2003

My conference topic

December 31, 2003
By tom

I’ve decided “Blogging” isn’t sexy enough, so I’m titling my talk as follows: “The Future Doesn’t Need Us: Weblogs and the End of Editing as We’ve Known It.” Now, to get busy amassing facts to back up my conclusion. Assistance along these lines is welcome.

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Headline of the Day

December 31, 2003
By tom

Did you know the Poynter site has been taking these submissions since September 2002? Neither did I.

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My prediction for 2004

December 31, 2003
By tom

It will be much like 2003.

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Most interesting Web sites of 2003

December 31, 2003
By tom

And not one of them is a blog. Somebody alert the InstaPundit!

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Cool, we can breathe easy now

December 31, 2003
By tom

From a New York Times story the other day. With more American households going to broadband, faster Internet connections are changing the movie, music, telephone, computer and cable businesses. Nothing about newspapers; whew. (Link via Fimoculous; thanks to Sheila for pointing the site out.)

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The future doesn’t need us

December 31, 2003
By tom

I happened across this encouraging tidbit while reading an accounting of 10 lesser-noted trends of 2003: 2. The U.S. began to massively export white-collar jobs. Despite the high productivity of America’s 130 million employed workers, companies of all kinds discovered that they could get many jobs done for less money overseas. This was particularly...

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ACES Houston confab sked posted

December 30, 2003
By tom

It’s here. And guess who’s in the first set of seminars, Thursday, March 18, at 9:30 a.m.? Yours truly, naturally. And please no groaning at the title of a competing seminar: “Headlines as Poetry.” We have to be nice about this because the presenter is Chris Wienandt of the Dallas Morning News, one of...

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Gushing stroke piece alert

December 30, 2003
By tom

USA Today raves on the wonders of political blogs, which are, of course, transforming political journalism as we know it and heralding a new dawn of citizen democracy. For future reference I’ll call this a Mister Jones Story, in honor of Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man,” which describes a reporter covering the...

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Editors who write

December 29, 2003
By tom

Testy Copy Editors discuss writing and reporting on the side. Seems obvious but people make me wonder sometimes: Everybody who gets paid to change other people’s writing should be doing some writing of their own, preferably for an audience. (File under: another reason why all you lurkers out there oughta be blogging. The more...

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After-Christmas blog roll

December 29, 2003
By tom

Updates from editor people’s blogs: Newsdesigner on the New York Times Magazine’s annual "people who died" issue. Mondo Winkie describes of those moments that always seem to happen to him. Excerpt: “Nah, I’m just a peon,” Advance Guy replies. “Peon,” says large, one-eyed lady, “does that mean you want me to pee on you?”...

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