Monday, September 14, 2009

La Tercera, 14 Sep 2009. Pages 4 - 5

example from Press Display in the library.

La Tercera
14 Sep 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Spelling matters at student newspaper

When the staff at Brigham Young University's student paper, the Daily Universe, discovered their error, they pulled printed papers off of newstands and re-printed the edition. What was the big deal? A spelling error called the Latter Day Saints leaders "apostates" instead of "apostles."
With Easter coming up, I'm reminded of the times I've seen "calvary" written as "cavalry." It's even hard to say those two words. When I was a little girl, I read Archie and Veronica comic books. Spelling mattered there, too. A love letter addressed to "Angle Face" instead of "Angel Face" caused offense. That letter "L" gets us into all kinds of troubel.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Don't let digital dissemination discussion blind you to how the culture of news gathering has changed

We know people read in various media. And we know journalists are in a bit of a panic about how to get paid to produce either short- or long-form pieces. New York Times Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati's recent speech focuses on that and even tells the cost to produce a New York Times Magazine cover story ($40,000 and up). I was intrigued by the glimpse at marketing the stories (early release to get the bloggers going in order to drive traffic to both the online and print versions). And while we hear so much emphasis on how online dissemination changes things, Marzorati describes also how the culture of news gathering has changed. Access to public figures is managed and tight. So writers now give us "ordinary people" stories, and stories of health and science. When we focus only on digital transmission, we forget that we operate in a culture that also helps form the news agenda. As editors, we must weigh our total environment. You'll find the entire speech worth reading. I did.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I'll drink to that

People do care about how to spell. The New York Times editors say their readers know the difference between whiskey and whisky, and the paper has changed its style to accommodate them.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The dog that bit me

... and other tales of woe.
After I told the editing class always to use the relative pronoun "who" for people, not "that" or "which," one student asked me about how to refer to dogs. Are dogs "who" or "that"?

I've been looking for an answer to that one. I'm going to save "who" for people and let the dog be the one "that" ... . Ardent pet lovers would disagree. Go ahead. Even some grammar experts do. For example, Big Dog's Grammar at You can't believe everything you read on the Internet.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Students blog about editing

Students created the following blogs to fulfill an assignment in JOUR420, News Editing, at the University of Illinois. I'll be following them. And they'll be following each other.

Morning Lab, JOUR420, SP09
Tom Cyrs,
Terrell Starr,
Chris Sienza,
Lindsay Ignatowski,
Regina Hernandez,
Amanda VanDyke,
Betsi Freeman,
Mayra Carranza,
Jing Gao,
Kimberly Scarabello, updated Feb. 16,
Schuyler “Sky” Opila,
Justin Hemenway,
Jean Kim,
Ann Colletti,
Kate Leifheit,
Lisa Chung,

Noon Lab, JOUR420, SP09
Keith Hollenkamp,
Patrick Wade,
Marie Wilson,
Brittney Foreman,
Erica Yuenger,
Carly Rakes,
Rachel Stuart,
Kayla King,
Stephanie Murphy,
Katie Kritzberg,
Michael Carpenter,
Amanda Cornish,
Kara Beach,
Angelina Cole,
Jacob Hurwith, updated Feb. 16,
Tricia Ravelo,

Friday, January 30, 2009

"New Media" Content
Project for Excellence in Journalism monitors content of "new media."

Do as I say, not as I do, says SIU ...

The anti-plagiarism policy at Southern Illinois University may still be in draft mode, but the draft appears to borrow from policies at another institution, without attribution. Read all about it in USA Today.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

You'd remember saying something like that, wouldn't you?

Last night Larry King asked Gov. Rod Blagojevich over and over about the content of the tapes that were played by the federal prosecutor after the governor's arrest in December. The transcript is on Lynn Sweet's blog at the Sun-Times. After what the rest of us believe to be remarks made by the governor about the "golden" Senate seat, King asked the governor five different ways, in succession, if that is what he said. The governor evaded the question five different ways. Finally, King moved on. Even King can't get some people to talk.