Monthly Archives: March 2004

Obligatory drunken Hunter Thompson link

March 31, 2004
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The Doc favors Duke in the Final Four. Safe to say that Duke does not favor him, considering his shenanigans during an alleged lecture in the mid-70s. In his ESPN column, HST quotes George Plimpton’s account of the point where things went too far (HST had just called the president of the university a...

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If you’re in Florida tomorrow

March 31, 2004
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Try to make it to the University of Florida’s all-day symposium on Converged Journalism. The 2-3 p.m. session on blogging and journalism stars WashPostie Jennifer Balderama, ProJo online editor Sheila Lennon, L.A. Observed blogger Kevin Roderick, and moderator J.D. Lasica of New Media Musings fame. An hour hardly seems like enough time to cover...

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The punctuation enforcer

March 31, 2004
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Reuters reports on a U.K. writer who is defending those apostrophes with her last breath.

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Meet Wonkette

March 30, 2004
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Media Bistro has an interview. (Posted for Nicole Stockdale, the foremost Wonkette-ophile.)

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On naming jurors

March 30, 2004
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Doug Clifton says he doesn’t really know why newsies haven’t done it in the past. It’s like one of those policies people forgot to write down. It seems to me that the Tyco case might warrant a suspension of the unwritten rule. An audience of millions might know that a particular juror owns Tyco...

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Now this is news

March 30, 2004
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CJR’s Campaign Desk has glommed onto the fact that AP’s reporting goes out into the world with the assumption that other editors at member publications will finish the editing. “Lots of papers run AP unedited” is a running joke at Testy Copy Editors, except we’re not really kidding about it.

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Blogging from Ocala

March 30, 2004
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Jeremy Verdusco, copy editor at the Ocala Star Banner, has created blocletters.com, where he plans to perform the usual blogging tasks. What’s unusual about Jeremy’s new blog is that he’s put a lot of work into polishing its look before going public. I met Jeremy at the ACES conference and we talked blogging a...

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Pentagon to Iraq: No press freedoms for you!

March 29, 2004
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Iraq’s shaping up as a brutal testing ground for our revered notions of a marketplace of ideas. From my vantage point in suburban California, it’s outrageous that U.S. troops shut down an anti-U.S. newspaper in Baghdad. But there’s no denying that any number of factions are exploiting their freedoms to strengthen their ability to...

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Why newspapers will never die

March 29, 2004
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It’s not just because you can read one while sitting on the throne. In retrospect, I question whether I ever truly mastered the change from print to pixel. Sure, I can navigate a Web page with the best of them, and come away with the salient facts. But I’m now convinced that the same...

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100 most mispronounced phrases

March 29, 2004
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Infomaniac links to this handy roundup. (Note to Mr. Bush: it’s not nu-cu-lar.)

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