Industry commentary

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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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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Two great “10 things about…” lists

March 26, 2004
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Scalzi on 10 things all aspiring writers need to know. (link via Mme. Paquin.) Michael McDonough?s Top Ten Things They Never Taught Me in Design School. (link via Nicole Stockdale) These are long reads but worth bookmarking for consumption later … like, say, when you’re off the clock (sorry, I lapse into adulthood now...

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Those fabrications

March 23, 2004
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I’m still trying to figure out what to think of the raft of fabrication scandals we keep having. I wonder how many reporters have made up quotes or invented sources. The temptation must be powerful. Think of it, you’re 20 minutes from deadline and a quote that you know somebody would say is unavailable,...

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Gay couple can’t cover same-sex issues

March 16, 2004
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Clay mentions the S.F. Chronicle’s decision to bar two women who’ve wedded from covering the same-sex marriage issue. Seems the Chron is sensitive to the charge that married gay couples have a conflict of interest if they cover the issue. But aren’t we always asking blacks to cover the “race relations” beat? Would we...

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Wakeup call No. 1,234

March 15, 2004
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From USA Today: And as investment in journalism declines, many journalists face real pressure trying to maintain quality. Newsroom cutbacks (2,200 newspaper jobs lost since 1990), changes in content and a focus on profits rather than innovation raise serious questions about the long-term health of the industry. “How long can news organizations keep increasing...

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Confession: a nun slapped me once

March 12, 2004
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I was in the first grade and a bunch of us boys — you know, 6-year-olds — were noisily goofing off in the boys’ bathroom. Then this big ol’ nun comes barging through the door and slaps me right across the face. It’s about the only thing I remember from first grade (except the...

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That culture thing

March 11, 2004
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The Poynter faculty brings us this summary of ways for managers to improve their newsroom’s culture. I don’t know why they’re such sponges for ridicule over there — but I am thankful for it. A few choice tidbits. What Poynter says: Some are encouraging and caring and open, others are discouraging and stifling and...

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‘Dear Abby’…

March 9, 2004
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I’m a blue-haired housewife who will change my life forever according to whatever you say in your newspaper column. And by the way, my husband is Homer Simpson.

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That pesky survival question

March 5, 2004
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Vin Crosbie outlines all the stuff newspapers must do to survive in the next 20 years. His contention is that the one-size-fits all model of newspapering is done for, that newspapers must be zoned by interest and specialized to suit the whims of individual readers. Some of what he says makes sense — heck,...

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