Monthly Archives: February 2004

N.Y. Times boss on The Trail

February 12, 2004
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Cyberjournalist Jonathan Dube interviews Len Apcar, the New York Times editor in chief, on Times on the Trail. Apcar doesn’t like to think of this new thingie as a blog; he prefers “news service.” I did not want to jump on the bandwagon and race to the lowest common denominator. That?s not what I...

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Commonsense journalism blog

February 11, 2004
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It’s the work of Doug Fisher, a journalism prof at University of South Carolina. An observation from the Poynter “convergence conference” he’s attending: Out of the ethics discussion came one “ah ha” moment: While convergence gives us more freedom, it also might well limit our independence. Consider a case where you, as editor, have...

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Sanity about Vietnam

February 11, 2004
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Doug Clifton, Vietnam vet, on the coverage of Bush & Kerry’s war records: So to Bush’s detractors: Why demean him for doing what anyone with any sense would have done? If you can escape getting shot at by an angry enemy, why not? And to the Kerry detractors: Why demean his valiant service because...

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Bottom-up editing

February 11, 2004
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Nicole offers a bit of novel advice: Get in the habit of doing one read on stories backward, starting with the last paragraph, then the second-to-last, etc. This will allow you to focus on the grammar and individual words rather than the story line. It’s usually where I find story holes or facts contradicting...

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Recommended reading

February 10, 2004
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Seth Finkelstein has an interesting blog. He also has some of the best responses to my responses to Jay Rosen’s blog postings.

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New blog for editors

February 10, 2004
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I can still say I was first, but the obvious shortcomings of Prints the Chaff have no doubt inspired a newspaper editors’ blog for grownups who spell journalism with a capital J. This blog is for Global Journalism Issues and News vs. Assorted Complaints and Infantile Rants, so I expect my hit count will...

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Why they call them Testy

February 10, 2004
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Somebody over at Testy Copy Editors asked what people thought of capitalizing “spring break.” My favorite response: Bu-Gal is being asked to treat spring break as if it’s fuckin’ Ramadan. I empower her to hurl a dictionary in protest. Blanp also got in a choice zinger on another topic: Jayson Blair has “decided to...

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Garage sale survivor stories

February 9, 2004
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Jeff of Side Salad had a garage sale over the weekend. His take on loss-leader marketing: She came flying up in her compact car, got out and, with laser directness, went right for this frame with four $1 bills in it. I got this once as a present. I hated it, quite frankly, and...

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Wasn’t every boy’s life like this?

February 9, 2004
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Mondo Winkie on viola lessons: As the afternoon sun crept in through the giant windows, I would rockingly transform from a 9-year-old trying to figure out “Mary Had a Little Lamb” into Gene Simmons, jumping around the living room jamming on my faux viola as imaginary columns of flame shot up around me and...

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Bail, bond, etc.

February 9, 2004
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See Nicole’s refresher.

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