Category Archives: writing and editing

Journalism students, professors need to read this

Mindy McAdams shouts it from the mountaintop: Students need a different skill set to prosper, and even survive, in today’s hectic journalism marketplace. She writes: “Now, let me hasten to say that some of those students are the very ones … Continue reading

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Holy cliché finder! Reporters quiver in their boots

If you’re a line editor, you’ll be happy as a pig in mud when you bookmark the wonderful Cliché Finder and use it with an iron fist. The Cliché Finder does its best to leave no stone unturned when it … Continue reading

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Martin Luther strikes back at Joel Stein

Oh, the irony. Joel Stein, in his rant against hordes of opinionated Web users, cited Martin Luther and his theses in arguing that a piece should stand alone without commentary. And along comes economics/politics blogger Brad DeLong to give Stein … Continue reading

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Joel Stein doesn’t care what you think

Writing for the L.A. Times, Joel Stein has unleashed a haymaker to those who worship blogs, social networking and message boards in his latest column, ‘Don’t E-mail Me.’ He writes: “I get that you have opinions you want to share. … Continue reading

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A blog, by any other name…

When does a blog think it’s a blog, but really it isn’t? TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington and Zoli Erdos are pointing the finger at the Google Blog, asking if it truly is a blog. Why? Because they don’t allow comments. Michael … Continue reading

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Fort Myers News-Press works its mojo … yeah, baby!

Check out this Washington Post article documenting the efforts of the mojos (that’s buzzspeak for “mobile journalists”) at Gannett’s Fort Myers News Press. This hardy group of young journalists roams the city with Kevin Sites-like gear bags and reports on … Continue reading

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Possibly the most overused word in sports

It’s used to describe “Jack Macpherson, a key figure in the 1960s Southern California surf scene,” a New York pizza maker and “Bo Schembechler, who became one of college football’s great coaches.” They’re all “legends” or “legendary.” With all due … Continue reading

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They’re watching your edits

I caught this on Cyberjournalist: Some folks have set up a site called NewsSniffer to monitor the editing of comments and stories on the BBCNews site. The site “aims to monitor corporate news organisations to uncover bias.” I’d count on … Continue reading

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The Onion’s take on ‘human interest’

That bastion of humorous journalism, The Onion, has just unleashed a hilarious parody of a human interest piece that every editor and writer should read. Meet “Brighton resident Tom Carling, 42,” a walking well of human interest pieces. Note in … Continue reading

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Advice for young journalists

The constant, nagging question in our industry today is what to do about the future of news. Students are that future, and it’s imperative that those of us out in the trenches give them the best guidance possible. I recently … Continue reading

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The Amish aversion to photos

(NOTE: I’ll be posting some more about the writers’ workshops I attended over the weekend in upcoming posts.) Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute had an interesting item in his Morning Meeting listserv message today about why Amish people generally … Continue reading

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Tales from the reporters’ blogs

From the National Writers’ Workshop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Reporters from the newspaper triumvirate of South Florida came together as a panel to speak of the joys and dangers inherent in blogging. Palm Beach Post entertainment columnist Leslie Gray Streeter, … Continue reading

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