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‘Kiddie Reporter’ May Find a Career

December 5th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Journalism, Newspapers, Sports Journalism, Tennis, UAE

In conversations with journalists, over the years, I have found a common denominator: A significant percentage of them were thinking about journalism — and even practicing it — at a young age. This comes to mind after seeing a call from officials of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, later this month in Abu Dhabi, for […]

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Newspaper Wrinklers and Crumplers

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Journalism, Newspapers

Pretty much everyone who has worked in print journalism nurses a grudge toward people who crumple a newspaper while paging through it. Today’s paper, especially.

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Today’s List: Tips for Post-Game Questions

November 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Journalism, Lists, Sports Journalism

This is an important journalism skill outsiders rarely think about. Posing post-game questions. This is not the same as asking a question in an interview situation. At best, a one-on-one with flexible time limits. More likely something in a controlled environment, like a press conference. Asking post-game questions in a clubhouse littered with laundry and […]

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The Baseball Encyclopedia as Doorstop

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Journalism, Newspapers, Sports Journalism

  The wind blows sometimes, here in the south of France. In the summer, that can pose problems with slamming doors, because we like to keep the windows open throughout the season, when it can be a bit warm. And gusty. Thus, we prop open the doors with compact and heavy things lying about. An […]

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Podcasts: Not Getting Them

November 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Journalism, Sports Journalism

“Not getting” as in “not partaking” but also as in “failing to understand” what podcasts really do for news organizations. Podcasts, you may have noticed, are a hot thing. Seems like just about everyone has one now, which could be an example of “other sites are doing it; we better, too”. The herd mentality being […]

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Nine Letters: Shrunken Newspaper Feature

October 14th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Journalism

A relative brought us a copy of the New York Times. Like every other U.S. newspaper, The Gray Lady ain’t what she used to be. A downsized format, far fewer pages … well, you know the drill. But some of the basics are still there. A stripped down news and commentary package. A weather map. […]

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Trump, Kim, ‘Dotard’ — and JRR Tolkien

September 22nd, 2017 · 1 Comment · Books, Journalism

The exchange of insults between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un heated up this week, with the Korean dictator/president for life puzzling many in America by threatening: “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.” I don’t know how Kim’s insults are translated into English, whether it is a bot or […]

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The Final Day at a Newsroom I Knew

June 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Journalism, The National

Of all the melancholy aspects of newspapers shrinking, or failing, or shutting down, it is the abandonment of a newsroom that makes me most wistful. Today is the final day in the original home of The National, the first English-language newspaper in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. We spent six years there […]

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Journalists at the New York Times: Not Going Quietly

June 29th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Journalism, Newspapers

This seems quaint. Print journalists are making a case to management that a planned layoff of dozens of veteran copy editors … is a very bad idea. It seems like such an Aughties thing, this push back. From 2007, 2008, 2009 — the opening years of the Great Newsroom Layoffs. Of late, in an industry […]

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Journalism Layoffs and Quickly Reaching ‘Acceptance’

April 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Journalism, Sports Journalism, The National

It’s called the Five Stages of Grieving, and professional journalists by now know it by heart. Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance. An interesting development in the grim business of companies firing large numbers of journalists, which has been a primary characteristic of the profession for more than a decade now … is how those being […]

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