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I saw American Journalism Review intern Cory Blair’s tweet about using a typewriter for a week, and that got me wondering if the Times of London is still pumping typewriter sounds into its newsroom to generate some excitement. I sent an email to Times spokesperson Jessica Carsen and she wrote back: “Ah – the lovely sound of typewriters. Sadly the experiment has now finished, the clack-clack-clack was endearing for some, but not for all!”

The newsroom got to put up with enjoy the typewriter sounds for about two weeks.

(Oh, and Cory, that’s really a lousy manual typewriter you’re using there.)

Update: I asked the AJR intern a few questions about his typewriter experiment and he responded:

What’s the worst part of writing on a typewriter? That’s hard to say. When I was getting used to it (and before I bought white-out) it took me 13 tries and about an hour to pump out a flawless 300-word news story.

Cory Blair

Cory Blair

That was frustrating. I’ve since gotten better at typing on the keys (it really is a different feel than a computer) and was actually able to type a 1200 word essay pretty quickly. But I’d say my biggest problem is if you mess up once, the page is shot. I’m going through so much paper I feel like I have to plant a forest just to make amends with the environment.

Another hard part about writing on a typewriter is the organization. On a computer, you can see the whole picture and go back and edit/move different parts of your story to make sure the whole thing flows. With a typewriter, it’s one-take, start-to-finish. You can’t write down ideas and go back and modify them later – you really need to know what you want to say before you start typing. I’ve begun writing outlines either by hand or on the typewriter before I dive into an article.

Oh, and hauling this thing around everywhere is a pain. It’s 40 pounds. But, overall, I’m having fun with this whole experiment.

* August 26: Times of London newsroom adds typewriter sounds (jimromenesko.com)
* September 9: No more typewriters at the Times (standard.co.uk)


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* C’mon, Sy! Seymour Hersh is interviewed on camera for about 15 minutes, then announces that everything he said is off the record. (ryerson.ca)
* NPR ombudsman: We can’t pretend that beheadings will stop if we no longer use that word on the air. (npr.org)
* “I’m not particularly sympathetic to newspapers and their plight, because yes, it’s been really hard and all that, but it’s not like you couldn’t see this coming,” says BillyPenn.com founder Jim Brady. (phillymag.com)
* A Fox News talker makes a “boobs on the ground” crack about a female fighter pilot. (politico.com) | (eonline.com)
* This “objective news site” is brought you – created, actually – by Chevron. (latimes.com)bs
* Lots of support for suspended ESPN star Bill Simmons. (digiday.com) | “Simmons is a prime example of the journalist-as-brand.” (washingtonpost.com)
* David Letterman‘s sister Gretchen is in today’s group of Tampa Bay Times staffers taking buyouts. (saintpetersblog.com)
* More ink for Chicago Tribune crime reporter Peter Nickeas. (nymag.com) | Earlier: (chicagoreader.com)
* A busy day for Carrie Johnson, the NPR reporter who broke the Eric Holder resignation story. (npr.org)
* Starkly different explanations for the “bizarre” press restrictions at Olympic National Park. (pugetsoundblogs.com)

* New York Times Magazine is slowly getting the Jake Silverstein touch. The final installments of “The One-Page Magazine” and “Who Made That” appear on Sunday. (capitalnewyork.com)sit
* National Geographic Way: The magazine steals your art, then puts its lawyers to work. (blyon.com)
* [Right] A bad situation for “Jersey Shore” star The Situation: “Another winner, @NYDailyNews print team.” (I’m told Matt Pabreza came up with the hed.) (@rshields37) | Why do so many reality TV stars have money problems? (washingtonpost.com)
* Re Bill Simmons: “Someone familiar with ESPN’s management’s thinking said the combination of the nature of the personal attack on [Roger] Goodell and the challenge to his bosses were the key elements in the decision and the length of the suspension.” (si.com) | Listen to Simmons’ remarks. (soundcloud.com)
* Iran’s president won’t speed up the legal case against detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. (washingtonpost.com)
* An autopsy is conducted on Atlantic Media’s The Wire. (niemanlab.org)
* NPR pulls the plug on science blog Krulwich Wonders. “It needs to cut costs and — you know the phrase — it has chosen to go ‘in new directions,'” writes Robert Krulwich. (npr.org)
* The Forbes contributor who wrote “Drunk Female Guests Are the Gravest Threat To Fraternities” – the piece was quickly pulled – says “I stand by every word I wrote.” (nydailynews.com)
* Of course the Cuddlr app is creepy. (washingtonpost.com)
* The should-journalists-learn-how-to-code? debate continues. (ajr.org)ona
* Follow today’s #ONA14 happenings in Chicago. (twitter.com) | You can watch them, too. (ona14.journalists.org) | Eric Holder resigns just as #ONA14 gets started. (@GlennOstenA)
* Report: Home design/D.I.Y. bloggers are suffering burnout. “It consumes your life and sucks the joy out if it,” says the editor of Retro Renovation blog. (nytimes.com)
* JOBS: KTOO in Juneau, Alaska, is looking for a news director. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Amtrak Residency winner Jen Carlson: “It will be nice to mix in the writing with some quality ‘staring out the window’ time.” (thewire.com)
* “We’re running against the tide,” says Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner, “but we’re certainly going to keep running.” (usatoday.com)
* Philly.com goes long on Eagles coach Chip Kelly. (philly.com)
* Make sure that subscription renewal notice is legit. Someone’s sending bogus notices to Raleigh newspaper subscribers. (newsobserver.com)