Monthly Archives: January 2004

About Doug Clifton

January 17, 2004
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About Doug Clifton

Doug is the editor of the Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Yesterday I whined because the “about” link on his new blog was empty. The offending link has been removed but there’s still no “about” page, so I figured I’d Google the guy and see what I came across. Found this bio at the American...

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A good start

January 16, 2004
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Columbia Journalism Review launches campaigndesk.org. Where they promise to counter the spin, or counter the counterspin, or counterspin the counterspin, or, well, you get the idea what they’ve let themselves in for. Here’s hoping they’re up to it.

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New editor’s blog

January 16, 2004
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Doug Clifton, editor of the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, has one. Well, he has the first post out of the way. Next up: putting something on the “About Doug Clifton” page and something on the “favorite links” page, both of which are blank at the moment. Not to be a scold or anything, but...

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Sponge for ridicule

January 15, 2004
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I am speaking of yet another example of Poynter Institute silliness, this time praising so-called prize-winning headlines. I could link to the list but I prefer the outpouring of invective over at Testy Copy Editors.

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Cowardice, illustrated

January 15, 2004
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Columbia Journalism Review has a piece about a relatively obscure topic — illustrations for the op-ed page — that ends up a blistering critique of an industry scared shitless of its own readers and hostile to creativity. Read the whole thing and see if doesn’t paint a precise portrait of the newspaper you work...

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A day on the press floor

January 15, 2004
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Not the press room, which is full of complaining newsies, but the press floor, which is full of gigantic machines that put ink on pages. A magazine production editor tells of his field tripat mediabistro.com : A press floor is part Rube Goldberg contrivance, part Terry Gilliam spectacle, and part Henry Ford assembly line....

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Revelation alert

January 15, 2004
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Jen of Nonsense Verse fame is a dancer. From her review of Robert Altman’s “The Company,” a film about a ballet company: It struck me that in most of the sequences during rehearsal, when the dancers were told to stop, there was hardly a suggestion that the work they were doing was a serious...

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New editor’s blog

January 14, 2004
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Please welcome Chriss Simmons Harris, copy desker at the Odessa American, to the blogosphere. Chriss’ opening post: So here’s the deal. I was once a writer who became an editor and needs to write again. Thus Chriss’ Case is reborn from the ashes of my college journalism years and thrusts its ugly head into...

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Fresh blogroll

January 14, 2004
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A few notable posts I just caught up with this morning: Autumn is working on the opinion pages at the WashPost. (She reads her stylebook while tanning: how’s that for devotion to duty?) Powderhorn airs evidence his battles with the demon rum. Winkie wonders when we get our country back. Will Copy has angst...

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Blog slowdown

January 14, 2004
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The pace of posting has slowed down around here lately for a perfectly good reason: blogging was ruining my health. OK, a bit of an overstatement but I decided back in August to forgo my morning workout and concentrate on blogging like a fiend for a few months to get some attention, find an...

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