Today’s non sequitur

As well you should.

As the biggest-selling newspaper in our new company, Local World, I have felt the weight of history upon my shoulders.

(The Sentinel, UK)


That about wraps it up

So what does the Apple-IBM partnership mean for Microsoft, which has a strong presence in the enterprise but is still battling to get its smartphones and tablets into the hands of more business users?

Not all that much, according to some analysts.

(Seattle Times)

OK, then. Let’s move on.


Crash blossoms 2.0


Register (UK)


Someone’s been naughty

(Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va.) (Page has been removed.)

Boring day



Language lesson

From our neighbors to the north: The difference between a blog. which is apparently dashed off between episodes of real work, and a column, which requires the eloquence and intellect of a Conrad Black.

It has happened a few times: people have referred to my blog as a column. Even a manager here used the “column” word once.

We copy editors being sticklers about word meanings, I feel it is important to point out the difference.

First, this blog was more a diary than anything else in the first few years, which I mentioned in a recent post. It evolved into a blog when it became less about me and more about issues faced by LGBTQ people and others.

But it has never been a column.


Time, really. And the fact that this blog is not my job, but is done in my spare time — of which I don’t have all that much.

Columnists working here — or anywhere else — most often have full shifts to write their pieces. Lots of time to do research, finesse their language. And we have some mighty fine columnists at The Gazette, like Susan Schwartz and Don Macpherson, to name two.

I wish I had that sort of time to write blog items. But most of my blog items are dashed off while I’m doing other things, like right now, between story editing assignments at work. I’ll put this blog entry down while I edit an article for tomorrow’s paper, then go back to it while I wait for the next assignment to land.


So, I have learned to write quickly. Which is why I can’t give you the eloquence and intellect of somebody like Conrad Black, whose style I respect and admire very much. I have to keep it folksy and be content to give you the basics, the framework, of a story, and hope that someone else with more time on their hands can pick up the proverbial ball and run with it — as may very well have happened with the Avery Edison story (which I broke first, she reminds everyone, smiling). The important thing is raising awareness  . . . anyway we can.

(“Jillian,”  The Gazette, Montreal)


13th Amendment latest






Hey, kids! Tell him you checked some facts and discovered that Time Inc., which owns Sports Illustrated, is a for-profit corporation. Then ask if he works for SI for free, too.

(Football Outsiders) Hat tip: Jim Romenesko.



This and that

All good advice (especially not putting “we’ve got the bastard” into an email), but 1. It won’t stop unhappy folks from suing for libel, though it may have some effect on the outcome, and 2. What have you been doing differently up till now? Also, are there “Defamation 2014″ T-shirts?



(Press Gazette, UK)


Today’s stop-press

The New York Times is adding deputy-level editors assigned to increase the volume and quality of its digital product. They’ll sit in each of the paper’s major editorial departments, executive editor Dean Baquet announced in a staff memo obtained by Capital.

They’ll also be involved in training desk staffs in social media and in audience development initiatives on the desks.

The goal is to better leverage Times content across multiple platforms and to “help take the digital report to the next level,” Baquet said.

The announcement comes in the wake of the Times Innovation Report, published in full by Buzzfeed in mid-May, which takes the paper to task for lacking a strong digital ground game and not promoting its content across all platforms.

(Capital New York)


Cut from the top

And now a moment of silence for a fallen cupcakery — a prayer for the Red Velvet Cheesecakes that will never be made, a paean to the empty calories that will never be consumed.

Crumbs Bake Shop, a national chain based in New York with  outlets in 10 cities including the Washington area, closed the doors of all of its stores Monday,  after a cursory announcement, the Wall Street Journal reported.

(Washington Post)


This and that

The prison inmates who put out the San Quentin News may not have their freedom, but they still have their freedom of press. The San Quentin News is the only inmate-produced newspaper in California and has been printed off and on since the 1920s under different names including the Wall City News. It was revived in its current form in June 2008.

(Editor and Publisher)


“Freedom” of the press that’s guaranteed only to those who own one:


SACRAMENTO — The San Quentin News, the inmate-run newspaper at one of California’s most notorious lockups, is being honored by a journalism association at the same time its operations have been suspended by prison officials.

(Los Angeles Times)


Not to quibble, but …

Early in his career, Jose Antonio Vargas wrote two stories on immigration, including one on undocumented immigrants and driver’s licenses while he was also trying to get one. “And that’s when it got really surreal,” he told Poynter in a phone interview.


It was also when Vargas ran into a giant conflict of interest, which went unreported.



Must be a math major

Daniel Waqar, 19 years old, a junior at UNLV and a spokesman for the student government, said students would be sending a letter to Mrs. Clinton asking her to “donate the money back to students.”

“Donating the money back would be an example of her standing for higher education and standing for students,” Mr. Waqar said. The $225,000 fee is enough to award 225 students scholarships of $1,000 apiece, he noted.

Wall Street Journal


“89 years old and he went just like that, from nothing.”


Womack’s death comes as something of a surprise. Though he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and overcame addiction and multiple health issues, including prostate and colon cancer, recently, he seemed in good health and spirits when he performed earlier this month at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.
So, aside from the effects of a lifelong addiction to drugs, multiple health issues, Alzheimer’s, prostate cancer and colon cancer, he mysteriously dropped dead, just like that.

Oh, shut up

“Tibetan Peach Pie” is not an autobiography, Robbins is quick to proclaim, but it’s filled with “absolutely true stories I’ve been telling the women in my life … over many years.” It’s episodic, sort of in chronological order, and starts with his boyhood in Appalachia during the Great Depression. The tales bounce around to his years in the Air Force, college in Virginia and his ascent to the bohemian side of life, from beatniks to hippies to what-have-you. He even spent some time as a newspaper copy editor, which didn’t hurt him much.

(Houston Chronicle)


Decline, fall o’ the day

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(Financial Times)


Crime scene

You resisted the “cat burglary” joke. Why couldn’t you resist the Harry Chapin* and the “Clue” jokes?




* Because I didn’t think of Kurt Vonnegut until after I posted the story, that’s why.

(Seattle PI)


Swap meet

Has the international monetary system collapsed?

The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Antara News Agency of Indonesia agreed to strengthen their cooperation efficiency in the coming time at talks between their top officials in Hanoi on June 24.


The Antara President and Managing Director, Saiful Hadi, is currently on a visit to seek stronger information connection between the two news agencies.

After the talks, a cooperation agreement on exchanging information, with a number of the contents adjusted, was signed. The two news agencies came to terms in the field for the first time in 2001.

The new agreement will enable the two agencies to continue exchanging English news and pictures, which will be provided freely for their countries’ press agencies.

They also pledged to work closely in exchanging visits, press correspondents and copy editors in the future.



Stupidity revisited

How does it feel? Like a new record for the sale of rock lyrics at auction, as a handwritten manuscript for Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” sold Tuesday for just over $2 million at Sotheby’s auction house in New York.

(Los Angeles Times)

How does it feel, Randy Lewis, to be the 1 millionth writer to use a lede like that?


Because I felt like it, that’s why

A man fell into a wood chipper and was killed Monday in Davie. in an accident people at the scene called “horrifying.”

A worker landscaping all day near Southwest 57th Street and Pine Island Drive in Davie fell into the teeth of his wood chipper. His whole body was pulled in through the wood chipper., and the aftermath took a toll on residents and law enforcement.

 “I didn’t know what to do, and then a few minutes later, I hear all these sirens,” resident Joseph Horta told NBC 6′s Jamie Guirola. “It was a little bit horrifying.”

“This isn’t something you see every day,” said Davie Police Captain Dale Engle. “It’s not something you can just go home and forget about.”

The man was dead when rescue workers arrived, and Davie Police had to delicately clean the scene and collect the victim’s remains.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Captain Engle said. “This is a gruesome scene.”

One of the workers with the victim said he knew the man but declined to talk about the accident.

Police saidbelieve the man’s death was the result of a work accident. OSHA was also brought to the scene of the accident and promised more information later.

(NBC 6 South Florida)


Nice trick


(Albuquerque Journal)

No, it wasn’t rolling.