A rep for ACES, the American Copy Editors Society, sent me an abstract of ACES president Teresa Schmedding‘s blog posts on what rules a copy editor shouldn’t lose sleep over and what things are keeping her up at night. Thoughts from Schmedding (pictured below):
We — as editors, copy editors and journalists — need to stop rioting in the streets over things that readers don’t care about. Instead, we need to focus on things that impede comprehension, that seriously damage our credibility and things that are just flat-out wrong. Call them what you want: rules, guidelines, misconceptions, old traditions or outdated notions. Here are five things that, for the most part, only matter to us and we’re wasting our time whipping ourselves into a frenzy over.
1. More than v. over
2. Question headlines
4. Abbreviating state names
5. Starting sentences or paragraphs with conjunctions
Now, to be fair , here what is keeping me up at night. Unfortunately, it’s far harder to narrow this list down, but instead of listing all 200, I’ll keep it to five:
1. Numbers, numerals … any digits
2. Privacy, fairness and accuracy in crime, tragedy stories, reader comments
3. Plagiarism and fabrication
4. Pun headlines
5. Our content is just too darn boring for anyone to read. Or too homogeneous to pay for.
After hearing about the death of Louis Zamperini, a Romenesko reader rewatched the “CBS Sunday Morning” segment about the Olympian and World War II P.O.W. “Towards the end of the piece there is a picture of Louie and [biographer] Laura Hillenbrand sitting together,” writes my tipster. “Hillenbrand just ran the same picture on her Facebook page. Did CBS do something to the picture or did Hillenbrand and her people send the picture to CBS altered?” (I’ve asked.) The tipster points out the photo-doctoring (right photo) at the 8:40 mark in the video. [Update: A reader points out that the altered photo has appeared in other places, which leads me to believe that the author’s reps did the Photoshopping.]
A tipster writes: “Keep an eye on papers that ran a cartoon by Dana Summers last week [I got it from Monday’s Tampa Tribune] that misidentified Edward Klein as Joe Klein. The cartoon accepted Ed Klein’s dubious account of Hillary’s heart condition but attributed it to the much more credible Joe Klein – apparently an honest mistake by the cartoonist, although a very serious one. After prompting, the Tribune syndicate sent out a correction.” I’ve asked Tribune Content Agency to forward the correction.
Update: That’s me, says CBS News correspondent Frank Ucciardo (at right). He was a UPI reporter when the photo was taken.
Letter to Romenesko From JESSICA BURSTEIN: I’m a photographer living in NYC and am trying to identify the reporterin the attached photograph, which I shot at the 1992 Democratic Convention. Corbis, my licensing agency, wants a release and I’m obligated to follow up. Various people have been trying to help and the best guess, thus far, has been that it’s either Howard Kurtz or Agent 86-Maxwell Smart.
* David Brooks says his first six months at the New York Times were “the worst” because “I had never been hated [by readers] on a mass scale before.” (news.yahoo.com)
* The Wall Street Journal has quietly cut 20 to 40 jobs. (nytimes.com)
* Vice Media plans to add 525 jobs and move into “freaky, space-age” Brooklyn digs. (Right: Vice’s future home.) (wsj.com)
* Jay Carney: I’m proud of a lot of my work as White House press secretary, but… (nytimes.com)
* Washington Post beefs up its National Politics desk and institutes new deadlines. (huffingtonpost.com)
* Leave James Risen alone! (usatoday.com)
* The only time I took a drug test is when Knight Ridder/St. Paul Pioneer Press demanded one before I was hired. (gawker.com)
* A reporting team hopes to tell the stories of the Sherpas. “Donating to this project will not only support underreported journalism, but will also help the community there.” (beaconreader.com)
* JOBS: Blog about arts and culture for a weekly … or cover politics and government in California. (Romenesko Jobs)
* A 1983 Harvard Business Review article helps explains why Glen Taylor bought the Minneapolis Star Tribune. (startribune.com)
* The Star Tribune’s historic medallions are going on the Wells Fargo building. (startribune.com)
* Survey: 40% say it would be difficult, if not impossible, to give up their smartphone for a day – even if given $100 to do it. (recode.net)