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Tag: journalism

Feb.
12th

Journalism in-jokes

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. Read more »

Feb.
4th

Pitts wins national award


Pitts

Leonard Pitts Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist whose work appears in The News Tribune, has another prestigious award to add to his résumé: the William Allen White Foundation’s National Citation.

Here’s what the Herald had to say:

The annual award, named after influential Kansas editor and publisher William Allen White, honors outstanding journalistic service. Pitts will receive the award Friday at the University of Kansas.

“Leonard Pitts speaks in the tradition of William Allen White as a voice for his community and his country,” said Ann Brill, dean of the university’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. “Both were honored with Pulitzer Prizes in recognition of their words and the impact their editorials have had.” Read more »