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Journalism in-jokes

Post by Cheryl Tucker on Feb. 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
February 12, 2010 5:35 pm

I can’t speak for others in my profession, but when I have a minute or 10 to waste on the Internet, one of my favorite go-to places is the Fake AP Stylebook on Twitter. Think of it as the insane cousin of the real AP Stylebook, the bible of journalists – except for the exceptions that every organization seems to have.

The fake stylebook offers offbeat definitions and advice that, if followed, would likely result in a warning, suspension or even termination of employment.

Here are few of the cleaner entries:

In stories about celebrity deaths, remember the four S’s: sensitivity, sincerity, sensational, speculation.

Do lavish features on each big new sci-fi film that opens. Nerds will buy three or four copies and we could use the money.

Avoid accusations of political bias in your editorial pages by only running columns by idiots and lunatics.

Opinion pages have that name for a reason. Please ensure no facts appear in yours.

The word “axiomatic” is George Will’s thing and he will straight up cut you if you try to use it.

Avoid cliches such as “fashion faux pas.” Instead, say “ugly as hell.”

Yellow journalism: biased and lurid press. Yeller journalism: reporting by cowardly hillbillies. Cello journalism: Yo-Yo Ma coverage.

Write about municipal bond issues as most local government officials see them: Problem-free money fountains.

A superscript is a script that was rocketed to Earth as an infant from its doomed homeworld.

It would be perfectly appropriate to caption a photo of a can of noodles with the common contraction “ca’noodle.”

It’s the rule to capitalize “Dumpster,” but if you don’t, we doubt anyone will really notice or care.

et cetera – A Latin term meaning, “I can’t think of anything else to say.”

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