Category Archives: Journalism and media

Mensa & Odd Obits

From my column in the September Mensagenda I also read a number of blogs devoted to linguistics and editing. One I like a lot is written by John McIntyre, formerly the head of the copy desk at the Baltimore Sun, … Continue reading

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Michael Bellesiles: back in print, and back in trouble

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an essay by Michael Bellesiles, the disgraced former Emory professor and author of Arming America, who lost his job (and his Bancroft prize) after bloggers revealed extensive fabrications in the book, which purported … Continue reading

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Counterproductive advertising

I’d been hearing this ad for weeks, and it really bugged me; why would a university deliberately advertise itself in a bad light? Anyway, I finally sent a message to the head ( holden2@depaul.edu ) of the communications department (who … Continue reading

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isolated pedants’ society

John McIntyre, formerly a top copy editor at the Baltimore Sun, and a loser in the downsizing panic, writes about a book he’s just read: I also note, with professional regret, the numerous typographical errors throughout the book, many of … Continue reading

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She’s Geeky

That’s the name of a series of conferences,  the most recent of which just concluded in Mountain View, Calif. The site describes the intended audience: She’s Geeky events are neutral, face-to-face gathering spaces for women who like to geek out. … Continue reading

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Tea’d-up outrage

 A woman who writes a monthly fluff’n’stuff column for The Denver Post’s Lifestyle section, Kristen Browning-Blas, delivered herself this week of a Meaningful Protest Against Racism. To set the stage she now sees herself taking, she invokes not only Gandhi … Continue reading

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Pay(b)ack

The news agency Reuters posted a story the day after the inauguration claiming: “President Barack Obama’s inauguration generated an unprecedented 35,000 stories in the world’s major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts over the past day — about 35 times more … Continue reading

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Journalism in decline

Yeah, they’re always saying that, but the ways in which they get it wrong are fascinating. Someone posted to the list serve for the National Conference of Editorial Writers a link to a screed by Chris Hedges in the declinist … Continue reading

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Linguists get peevish too

Rocky Mountain News columnist Mike Rosen wrote about a few of his pet grammatical peeves last week, and like many people who have never studied linguistics and don’t know what it’s about, he managed to embarrass himself. Rocky edit page … Continue reading

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Covering crime

At Pajamas Media, Los Angeles police officer Jack Dunphy writes about news coverage of violent crime, specifically about the apparently different standards that apply depending on the race and ethnicity of the victims and the alleged perpetrators (hat tip Patterico). … Continue reading

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