Editing links

Public minus the ‘l’

May 19, 2004
By tom

And why it’s every copy editor’s nightmare.

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‘The fecund tree of English

May 17, 2004
By tom

… is always sprouting new leaves and casting off the dead ones,” says James Kilpatrick. I wonder if “fecund” is one of those 100 words every freshman should know? Link via Nicole Stockdale.

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First, let’s shoot all the copy editors

May 15, 2004
By tom

… a screed in which the author of a book on computer doings (programming, if I’m not mistaken) laments a copy editor’s tender mercies. Thanks to George for the link.

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Coverage of the war…

May 5, 2004
By tom

…. depends on who’s side you’re on. A Lebanese editor’s commentary, linked at editorsweblog.org. In this time of war, both the US and Arab media mirror and pander to their public opinions, reflect and promote a rising tide of patriotic sentiment, stereotype and sometimes demonize the other and resolutely and irresponsibly refuse to probe...

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Why things must be great…

April 30, 2004
By tom

… on the desk at the Dallas Morning News: A memo about the “Revolution” in the newsroom there mentions the copy desk only once, in regards to the boss of the copy desks now ruling the design/visual realm as well. Voluminous verbiage is expended in explaining all the other changes happening there. My first...

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Taking the morning off

April 27, 2004
By tom

As per usual, check out A Capital Idea or editorsweblog.org for wanton acts of editorial discretion.

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New site for business newsies

April 22, 2004
By tom

Businessjournalism.org is a new site run by the American Press Institute. It’s opening piece is written by Bonita Burton of the Merc, a master of unboring business pages. She works across the room from me and often maintains her concentration despite the peals of laughter and other raucous behavior emanating from the biz desk,...

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Why the Denver Posties are toast

April 22, 2004
By tom

You can thank your lucky stars you’re not working on the desk at the Denver Post in the next few weeks, where redesign hell is in season.

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AP Stylebook worthless at porn mag

April 22, 2004
By tom

Maud’s blog has an amusing entry about a guy who lied his way into the editorship of a gay-porn mag. Maud’s excerpt: There was the flamboyant gay editor who could barely speak English?let alone use grammar correctly; the standard office whore; and a bitter old copy editor who had been with the company for...

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Sunshine superpage

April 5, 2004
By tom

Here’s a page linking to the open-records laws of all 50 states. Link via Jeremy over at blocletters.com

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