Editing links

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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Where to be on Monday

March 27, 2004
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Bill Walsh will discuss “The Elephants of Style,” his new book, in a live chat at washingtonpost.com on Monday. Thanks to Nicole for reminding me to post a link here.

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At long last

March 25, 2004
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The Plain English Campaign.

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Workin’ on the P.M.

March 11, 2004
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A bunch of the people I work with used to produce the afternoon edition of the Mercury News. Their stories always start, “back when we were on the P.M….” Turns out the paper in Pittsburgh has done the unthinkable: brought back its P.M. edition. There’s an interesting discussion of it at the new visual...

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The blind need not apply

March 9, 2004
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A guy at the Chicago Sun-Times has created the Visual Editors Discussion Board. It’s odd that at this late date, somebody’s finally getting serious about creating a board for designers. Just about every other newsroom specialty has listservs or BBSs that have been chatting up a storm for 10 years or more; photogs are...

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Staying on message

February 27, 2004
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CJR’s Campaign Desk recounts a White House news briefing exchange that would be funny it were in a sitcom. The final tally? When discussing gay marriage McClellan employed the phrase “sacred institution” nine times during the 36-minute briefing. Close cousins “enduring institution” and “enduring and lasting institution” made eleven appearances. And to think ambitious...

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Google bombs

February 26, 2004
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Missed this one at Media Bistro last week: Sad to say, plugging Google in a story has become almost a telltale sign of sloppy reporting, a hack’s version of a Rolodex.

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Lots o’ links

February 23, 2004
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Nicole Stockdale on essential Ralph Nader details Oregonian’s public editor on why they ran a picture of a mom grieving the death of her son killed in Iraq. File under: Public doesn’t want to know the cost of this war of ours. Former Ladies Home Journal editor “takes aim at what she calls the...

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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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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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