Daily Archives: May 2, 2014

The Arizona Republic Style Committee sent this note to staff on Thursday – with the images attached.

When AP announced that it was going to stop abbreviating state names this month, reverberations were felt from North Carolina to California to West Virginia to Washington to South Dakota to … pretty much everywhere but Iowa, Ohio and Utah.

The editors of the AP Stylebook tell us this change is being made in the name of consistency. Which is why they are doing it across the
Well … with the exception of political affiliations. And datelines. And agate. And lists. And tabular material. And editor’s notes. And credit lines.

Oh, and they would also like everybody to stop abbreviating state names in headlines.

Although it’s an inconvenience to conflict with AP style, especially on something this sweeping, we’ve deemed it the lesser of two evils. So we will continue to use state abbreviations as we always have.

What are the chances we’ll reconsider and adopt AP’s new style? Um, probably like one in a million.

Having trouble calculating those odds? Let’s count it off: One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi …

Just when we thought AP couldn’t possibly be any dumber, they rule that “underway” in the arcane nautical sense should now apply to every use of the word … AND TOTALLY REDEEM THEMSELVES!

* Earlier: McClatchy-Tribune News Service won’t follow AP’s state names style (

Update: The Style Committee received this note from a member a week earlier, when AP announced the change:

Date: April 23, 2014 at 4:43:28 PM MST
To: Phx IC Style
Subject: M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I … better start practicing!

I try not be such a hater or a conspiracy theorist, and I love the idea of conforming to the AP Stylebook to keep our lives simple, but …

* I don’t think AP uses good logic or justification for its decisions and changes.
* I don’t think they prioritize effectively. Looking to them for guidance on Molly or the latest LGBT terminology? Maybe in 10 years … they’re too busy rewriting the rules for “under way” and state abbreviations.
* I think it’s pretty obvious they have an aggressive quota of changes to make every year to keep themselves in the news and, more importantly, force everybody to buy updated versions of their stylebook.

This ran in Thursday’s Norwich Bulletin print edition sports section. It was not online.


Last week, a local high school coach notified The Bulletin that quotes attributed to him in a game story that appeared in our paper and website were not his.notes He said that he had never spoken to the sports reporter. The reporter has admitted that he fabricated the quotes, and he is no longer employed at The Bulletin.

Our readers need to know that what we present in our pages and online is completely accurate and fair, and has been thoroughly reviewed by our reporters and editors. GateHouse Media, the parent company of The Bulletin, has a clear ethics policy that has been in place for years and on which all staff members are trained. As a result of this incident, we will be reviewing our quality assurance procedures.

Still, there are times when we fall short. When that happens, we need to own it, correct it and alert readers as fast as possible. And, in rare circumstances, such as last week, go even further.

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I’ve asked Konrad about the dismissed reporter’s fabrication excuse and how long he’d worked at the paper. I’ve also asked why the note wasn’t online.

- From today's Times puzzle

– From today’s Times puzzle

* Need help with 35 across in today’s @nytimes puzzle? (@DataLab538)
* Rex Parker explains 35 across for those who are stumped (
* Earlier: Nate Silver can die in peace now that he’s been in “Doonesbury” (

Riverfront Times managing editor Jessica Lussenhop writes:

The “Today” show ran an “exclusive” interview with Mike Anderson this morning, a prisoner who was recently incarcerated 13 years late for a crime he committed in 1999. The delay was due to a massive screw-up on the part of the state of Missouri.

Trouble is, the interview WAS exclusive when I did it in 2013 for the alternative newsweekly St. Louis Riverfront Times and broke the story, then it was STILL exclusive when I did it again for This American Life in February 2014. ….

The attention is great for his case and yes, I know how the 24-hour news cycle food chain works, but it doesn’t keep it from being hard to hear the word “exclusive” coming out of Matt Lauer’s mouth when the actual exclusive came out nine months ago.

I don’t want to be a dick to other media people and refuse to help them, but the virtual certainty that we will get absolutely no credit for it — and that they’ll later claim to have had an “exclusive” — makes me question what I’ll do in the future.

* Fast Company is named Magazine of the Year. ( | “Isn’t this a hoot,” says its editor. ( | Cosmo’s win was the night’s biggest surprise, according to Keith J. Kelly. ( | List of National Magazine Award winners. (
* The Oklahoman says its Kevin Durant “Mr. Unreliable” headline was unfair. “We were wrong, and for that we ask Kevin, his family, the Thunder organization and you for forgiveness.” (
* Is tweeting unmanly? A close call. (
* Buffalo news anchor’s ad-lib about Jameis Winston‘s shoplifting citation is called “inappropriate.” (
* You might be asked to prove you’re 18 or older when you pick up the “Gender and Sexuality Issue” of RIT’s student magazine. (
* The average life expectancy for a journalist in China is 45.7 years. (
* The education of a college editor: “I’ve grown convinced there is no such thing as an error-free newspaper.” (
* Baltimore Sun Media Group buys The Capital in Annapolis and the Carroll County Times. ( | (
* More newsroom jobs cut at Gannett’s Cincinnati Enquirer. (
* Shepard Smith says Gawker’s report about Roger Ailes & Co. keeping him in the closet is “horseshit.” (
* Rupert Murdoch acquires steamy romances. He’s paying $415 million for Harlequin. (
* No longer “a little press dinner.” ( | The White House Correspondents’ dinner is now “a celebrity blowout.” (
* Another look at the big bonuses for Lee Enterprises bosses. (