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Interesting reading

  • John Drescher of The News & Observer, on how the paper is more popular than the president — and how it will soon have ads on the front page.
  • Connie Coyne of The Salt Lake Tribune, on reader complaints about biased headlines.
  • David Denby of The New Yorker, on a possible business model for newspaper Web sites.

Interesting reading

  • Joe Grimm of Michigan State University and The Poynter Institute, on how to assemble a portfolio for online editing.
  • Rod Lurie, writer and producer of numerous TV shows and movies, on bloggers as “unchecked reporters” who lack editors.
  • Science blogger Bora Zivkovic, on the differences and similarities between newspapers and science.

Interesting reading

  • Jan Freeman of the Boston Globe, on the misunderstood and maligned passive voice.
  • Cartoonist V.C. Rogers of The Independent Weekly, on the shrinking page sizes of daily newspapers.

Interesting reading

  • Ryan Teague Beckwith of Under the Dome, on a corny cliche that’s popping up a lot in North Carolina’s state government.
  • Jann Nyffeler of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, on the value of the national conference of the American Copy Editors Society.
  • Caulton Tudor of The News & Observer, on some fun names in the NCAA Tournament, including Chief Kickingstallionsims of Alabama State.

Interesting reading

  • Pete Chronis, formerly of the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post, on working on the copy desk (and elsewhere) at the Rocky in the 1960s and 1970s.

Interesting reading

  • Eric Ulken, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, on the troubled state of newspapers in Britain.
  • Dan Barkin of The News & Observer, on checking the facts behind President Barack Obama’s recent speech to Congress.
  • Jennifer Balderama of The New York Times, on a new book called “The Subversive Copy Editor.”

Interesting reading

  • Steven Petrow, former president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, on the use of “gay” as a synonym for “stupid.”
  • Lolita Baldor of The Associated Press, on the apparent fade of the phrase “war on terror” in the Obama administration.
  • Alan McDermott of Universal Press Syndicate, on editing The Writer’s Art, the language column by the retiring James Kilpatrick.

Interesting reading

  • Jeff Bailey of BusinessJournalism.org on the importance of headlines and cutlines in the age of smaller copy desks.
  • Wendy Parker of Ink-Drained Kvetch on the need for copy editors and reporters to have a Plan B in their careers, as discussed at the regional conference of the American Copy Editors Society.
  • John Ryan of the Redding Record Searchlight, on the difference between copy editors and proofreaders, and why we need more of the former.

Interesting reading

  • Ryan Teague Beckwith of Under the Dome, on the conflict and resolution between the language of the North Carolina constitution and the state’s first female governor.
  • Clay Shirky of New York University, on how newspapers failed to move when faced with glacial change.

Interesting reading

  • Maureen Dowd of The New York Times, on the cultural confusion caused by the Rose Bowl as a byproduct of the outsourcing of journalism.
  • Napoleon Byars of UNC-Chapel Hill, on the Pentagon as news editor in Iraq.
  • Dan Barkin of The News & Observer, on one man’s efforts to make sure his friends and family get their Sunday newspaper.
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