Daily Archives: October 23, 2013


* New York Times Style Guide moves into the 21st century (
More comments on retweets: “this is what progress reads like”; “the 21st century called”; “What’s current style on cotton gin?”; “Welcome to 2002, NYT!”; “A new day is dawning”; “but does it still write N.A.S.C.A.R.?”; “huzzah! The dehyphenation of the press continues”; “FINALLY personal crusade to end ‘Web site’ complete”; and “This is big.”

March 10, 2014: Joe McGinniss is dead at 71 (

Letter to Romenesko (October 23, 2013)

From JOE McGINNISS: In January, 1965, when I was a rookie reporter at the Worcester Telegram, city editor Al Marcello told me to write a summary story for the annual ass-kissing Business Review that would emphasize the dynamic transformation of Worcester’s central business district.
The trouble was, there was no transformation. Downtown Worcester would look in 1965 much as it had looked in 1945, with the single exception of a new Holiday Inn at the edge of town. I think it was [reporter] Tom Brennan who went there and discovered that all their restaurant food would be portion-controlled, reheatable, and sent in plastic bags from corporate headquarters in Chicago.  I believe Al Marcello cut that detail from Tom’s story.

I took the easy way out. I wrote a parody, stressing that the groundwork for quantum leaps in urban dynamics often developed in increments that remained beneath the notice of the casual observer. But Al didn’t recognize it as a spoof. He actually commended me for that piece, saying, “Now you’re starting to get the hang of things.”

My lead was:

“Change comes slowly to the heart of any major city.”

For [wife] Nancy and me, that line become a touchstone.  Whenever things didn’t develop as quickly as we wanted, or didn’t develop at all, one of us would say to the other, “Change comes slowly to the heart of any major city.”

So you can imagine my delight when I came upon this piece in today’s Globe. The lede includes this sentence:

Now the city is redeveloping downtown, albeit at a pace that seems impossibly slow.

Ah, Worcester!  

Although you’ll notice that I didn’t write “albeit.” One of the things of which I’m most proud is that over a writing career that spans more than fifty years, I’ve never once written “albeit.”

In fact, in my opinion, one of the seldom discussed reasons for the death of print journalism is that newspapers started to hire editors who thought that reporters who wrote “albeit” must be smart.


Back in May, NPR announced it was looking for someone who loves public radio and has a “clear, confident, and welcoming” voice to say things like, “This is NPR.”

Sabrina Farhi

Sabrina Farhi

The network has finally found that person: Sabrina Farhi is NPR’s first on-staff announcer.

“Out of hundreds of voices, Sabrina’s immediately stood out for its warmth and conversational approach,” says NPR programming veep Eric Nuzum. “We think listeners and supporters will find her engaging.”

In addition to her commercial voice-over work, which includes national campaigns for TIAA-Cref and Bioré Skincare, Farhi has extensive experience performing in the New York City independent theatre community, and frequently with No Tea Productions.

I’ve asked if she’s related to Paul Farhi, who covers NPR for the Washington Post. Update: “No relation,” says NPR’s spokesperson.

Update 2: You can hear her voice here. (“I’m not as serious as I sound,” she says.)

NPR’s announcement is after the jump. Read More

-- From today's New York Post

— From today’s New York Post

* Bland cuisine and atmosphere don’t boost Eat’s silent dinners (


“Whoever is running the AJC Twitter account has a breathtakingly misguided sense of humor,” notes Creative Loafing Atlanta. (The tweet has been deleted.)

* AJC tweet says lottery winner “can get 40 acres and a whole lotta mules” (

“The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sincerely regrets an earlier Twitter message that contained an inappropriate statement. We took immediate action to apologize via social media and on our website and will issue an apology in Thursday morning’s print edition. We do not condone such offensive messages and are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again. Additionally, we are taking the appropriate disciplinary action with the individuals involved.”

Thanks to @dankennedy_nu for sending the print hed

* Remember Andrew Davis, the man who writes weekly letters to Warren Buffett? He finally met the billionaire. (| Earlier: Andrew Davis wants to help Warren Buffett save newspapers. (
* Conde Nast drops its internship program after being sued by two ex-interns. (
* An investigator is trying to find out who leaked uniform designs to Paul Lukas. (
* The two nearly blank pages in today’s New York Times are “ads” for “The Book Thief” film. (
* The building in which a newspaper is produced likely has a far greater value than the newspaper itself. (
* Washington Post correction: Capt. Robert Durand’s muscular build was incorrectly described. (

- From today's Washington Post (h/t @bendreyfuss)

– From today’s Washington Post (h/t @bendreyfuss)

* New Republic owner: “We’re still doing the old-school quality journalism” and circulation is up 40 percent. (
* A lawsuit stalls billionaire John Henry’s $70 million purchase of the Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram & Gazette. ( | (
* Former AP reporter Bob Lewis says he’s feels “stunned and hurt” by his firing after 28 years of “unblemished” service to the news organization. (
* New York Post’s story about Banksy paying $50,000 to use exhibit space for a few days “is absurd.” (
* New York Times is shutting down its Wheels blog and replacing it with more in-depth car stories. (
* History lesson: In 1934, seven LSU student journalists were expelled for running an anti-Huey Long letter-to-the-editor. (
* National Geographic almost passed on Steve McCurry’s iconic “Afghan Girl” portrait. (
* Fox News anchor Shepard Smith would like his gin/cucumber drink — and now, dammit! ( | Slate: Why did Gawker out Smith? ( | Shep’s gay? Old news! Remember the documentary “Outrage”? (