Speaking of scoops

April 27, 2004
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April 28 brings Free Scoop Night to Baskin Robbins ice creameries.

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I love this

April 27, 2004
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Why are so many American suspicious of Saudia Arabia? Because certain oil billionaires have been bankrolling the spread of fanaticism for more than a generation? Of course not. It’s because the U.S. news media are tools of Al Qaeda.

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Taking the morning off

April 27, 2004
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As per usual, check out A Capital Idea or editorsweblog.org for wanton acts of editorial discretion.

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Oregon commuters channel the Doc

April 26, 2004
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The Back Seat, a commuting column at the Oregonian, seems to have invited readers to imagine how Hunter Thompson would handle a commute into Portland. Sample: While beating out the flames from a small fire my attorney inadvertently set in the back seat, I let the Shark wander onto the shoulder, causing a hitchhiker...

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Lunch hour reading

April 26, 2004
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“How to Get Out of Iraq.”

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Why so few copy editors have joined ACES

April 25, 2004
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American Copy Editor Society head honcho John McIntyre posted the following at the ACES discussion board the other day: According to the latest numbers from ASNE’s survey of newsrooms, there are 10,708 copy editors/layout persons working for America’s daily newspapers. So how come 10,000 of them are not members of ACES? I could do...

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Enough of this affirmative action…

April 24, 2004
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… for underqualified white guys, Leonard Pitts says. So, loath though I am to position myself as a spokesman, I feel confident in saying one thing on behalf of black journalists everywhere: When and if our industry decides to deal with the issues raised by Kelley’s transgressions, we stand ready to help. Need someone...

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Aha!

April 24, 2004
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Bloggers aren’t journalists, they are editors. (Link via Doc Searls.)

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When the lede needs a rewrite

April 23, 2004
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Today I thought I’d share some useful line-editing advice for a change. For the heck of it I stopped by Tim Ball’s paper, the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, to mine for news nuggets that would provoke my editorial urge. I found one on the first try. The discovery Thursday of a homeless man’s...

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New site for business newsies

April 22, 2004
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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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Surviving a redesign

April 22, 2004
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In honor of the sad sacks on the Denver Post’s copy desks (see post below) who are about to have their lives ripped apart in the name of prettier pages, I’ve decided to throw together Seven Tips for Copy Editors to Survive a Redesign. 1) Get with the program. I know this is hard,...

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Why the Denver Posties are toast

April 22, 2004
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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
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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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Making sense of Columbine

April 21, 2004
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Dave Cullen deflates the popular myths about the high school massacre. The first steps to understanding Columbine, they say, are to forget the popular narrative about the jocks, Goths, and Trenchcoat Mafia and to abandon the core idea that Columbine was simply a school shooting. We can’t understand why they did it until we...

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Taking the morning off

April 21, 2004
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Not much happening anyway.

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