Editing commentary

Now here’s a bold act of editorial discretion

October 10, 2003
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The Aspen paper isn’t going to cover the Kobe trial. There simply are too many ways to call this decision idiotic.

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Alert the Food Desk

October 8, 2003
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Food is not safe as long as you pick it up within five seconds of its hitting the floor. From snopes.com: Drop a cookie onto a clean floor, and you could eat it with impunity. Drop it onto a contaminated one, and it matters not how quickly you pick it up. And, short of...

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Chi Trib stunned to learn bloggers can write

October 8, 2003
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This one (reg. required) was linked on Romenesko … it’s about how some people are blogging their way into mainstream media jobs. (Hint: dish on celebrities and you’ll attract a lot more eyeballs than, say, dishing on news of interest to newspaper editors.) This stuff is old news to me… the writing and interviewing...

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Craig on the Raiders’ comeback win

September 29, 2003
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The Oakland Raiders staged a stunning comeback yesterday, scoring two touchdowns in the final six minutes and winning in overtime. Here’s Craig Lancaster’s story. And now, for the excerpts: With 5:59 left in the fourth quarter Sunday, the Raiders were staring down the barrel of yet another loss. Jerry Rice stared down his teammates...

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Edna on editors

September 26, 2003
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From the Calvin Trillin profile of Edna Buchanan (linked via Romenesko and newsdesigner yesterday) comes this bit about editors: There are editors who want to cut a story even though it was virtually ordained to run at least sixteen inches. There are editors?often the same editors?who will try to take an interesting detail out...

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Craig’s in the press box tonight

September 22, 2003
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… with Al Michaels and John Madden. (There’s nothing about Michaels or Madden at that link … it’s to Craig’s advance on tonight’s Raiders-Broncos game on ABC; I just put their names up there because it seems like the best proof that Craig’s in the Big Leagues of sports reporting.)

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So THAT’S why…

September 21, 2003
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… it’s called the Fourth Estate.

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Fishing for a good quote

September 16, 2003
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If you hang around long enough, one of those jocks will say something that is not a cliche. From Craig Lancaster’s second-day story on Raiders’ weak victory against the worst NFL team of 2002: Guard Frank Middleton, sitting at his stall in the locker room Monday, was much more succinct. “We’re just not playing...

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Bridge too far

September 15, 2003
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Why are we still running bridge columns that nobody has a clue how to edit? The Testy Copy Editors don’t know for sure either. While you’re over there, enter the Jump Head Competition.

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Lessons of complacency

September 15, 2003
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The subject of this rant is me. That is, something insufferably stupid that I did, compounded because there were safety mechanisms built in to avoid such a thing but for about 30 seconds I was lazy, smug and sloppy enough not to go back and doublecheck. So some poor guy’s name is misspelled in...

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