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Falwell Teaches Freedom of the Press

April 13, 2011

Falwell Teaches Freedom of the Press

In a bold move to teach the importance of the First Amendment, Virginia’s Liberty University blocked the website of the Lynchburg News & Advance newspaper last week. University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. provided a simple explanation for taking a page from the playbook of Middle Eastern tyrants: “We’re a private organization and we don’t have to give a reason and we’re not.”


Brenda Starr Turns in Her Press Card

January 2, 2011

Brenda Starr Turns in Her Press Card

Brenda Star, Reporter, filed her last story today. Like many print journalists in these days of downsizing, she was let go. Her 70 years of seniority didn’t protect her. Ms. Starr emptied her desk into a copy paper box and a security guard escorted her from the newsroom.

Frankly, after all this time, most of the names in Ms. Starr’s Rolodex were pretty stale.  If you’re the under-paid young whippersnapper who replaced Brenda, a Rolodex is an analog contact manager.


Law and Order: Adjourned

May 14, 2010

Law and Order: Adjourned

After two decades, NBC cancelled the TV series “Law & Order.” The death sentence was pronounced by Judge Nielsen; the show’s demise was attributed to low ratings. The series is survived by its spin-offs, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” “Law & Order: Overtime Parking Squad” and the infant “Law & Order: Los Angeles.” The original program will no doubt live on in syndication and the hearts of fans.

Best quote:

“Law & Order must have been canceled because there are no print publications left from which to rip headlines. –@pourmecoffee via FishbowlDC.

 More postmortems:


Flash: Online News Team Trade-Ups

April 29, 2010

Flash: Online NewsTeam Trade-Ups

Mike DeBonis, Washington City Paper’s “Loose Lips,” is moving to the Washington Post. His WCP farewell is here. Jason Cherkis is temporarily pinch-hitting at the LL position. Is Mr. Cherkis sufficiently compulsive to aggregate the Loose Lips Daily morning link-fest? Dunno. He only tweets a dozen times a day ….

Former temp-Washingtonian Alex Pareene is moving from Gawker to Salon.  Pareene (like Zorro, he goes by one name) spent 18 months as editor of Wonkette. Will he turn the snark down at Salon? Can he? Should he?


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Big News From AP

April 17, 2010

Big News From AP

The respected AP Stylebook announced (via Twitter) that “Web site” should now be written as “website.”  This would cause newspaper copy editors great excitement, if there were any newspaper copy editors anymore.

“Now what about ‘Web log?'” asks the Chicago Trib’s Eric Zorn. Mr. Zorn also wants to “lower-case the Internet.”


 Hat-Tip: Mashable. Yes, we know about the American Copy Editors Society (ACES).

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