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Long Beach State’s ‘Prospector Pete’ Bushwhacked

September 21st, 2018 · No Comments · Journalism, Long Beach, NFL

And another mascot bites the dust. The Forty-Niner mascot sometimes known as Prospector Pete was 86’d yesterday by the president of the California university most commonly known as Long Beach State. Activists from the school’s faculty and student body had agitated for the ousting of the Forty-Niner mascot on the grounds of genocide perpetrated on […]

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The Saddest Phrases in Journalism

September 19th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Journalism, Sports Journalism

The inspiration for this comes from a dictionary.com gallery of “the saddest phrases in the English language”. It ranges from single words (heartbroken, lonely, melancholy) to actual phrases (time for bed, if only, back to school). It struck me that we might be able to put together a saddest list that would resonate with journalists. […]

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The Journalism Myth of Endless Online Space

September 17th, 2018 · No Comments · Journalism, Sports Journalism

One of the sops thrown out at print journalism reporters at the dawn of the digital age was this one: “You can write as long as you want!” That was supposed to allay the fears of reporters and other writers who were alarmed at the shrinking newspaper. The print product. Less space all the time, […]

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Ten Years of Blogging at Oberjuerge.com

March 10th, 2018 · 5 Comments · Abu Dhabi, Beijing Olympics, France, Hong Kong, Journalism, LANG, Newspapers, Olympics, Paris, Sports Journalism, The National, The Sun, UAE

This blog commenced on March 10, 2008. Ten years ago today. It was four days after I had been fired by the Los Angeles News Group, and I wanted to let co-workers and other journalists know what had happened, with as many specifics as I could recall pertaining to the (then mostly novel) concept of […]

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The Return of the Red-Eye Flight

March 3rd, 2018 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Journalism, Los Angeles, tourism, Travel

Actually, I suppose the overnight air flight never really disappeared. It just seemed to, for those of us who do the majority of our flying inside the United States. (And it is called the red-eye because of how you look the morning after flying most of the night.) After what seemed years since I had […]

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Why Lipinski, Not Kwan, Is Analyzing Olympic Skating

February 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Journalism, Olympics, Sports Journalism

Turns out, Tara Lipinski is a fine broadcast analyst at Olympic skating competition. But we might be looking at Michelle Kwan on NBC TV, instead of Lipinski, if the former had won an Olympics gold at some point in her long and productive career. As Lipinski did at Nagano 1998. Lipinski had a much shorter […]

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Today’s List: Favorite Moments from ‘The Post’

February 2nd, 2018 · No Comments · Journalism, Lists, Movies

Finally saw The Post, the Steven Spielberg movie about the Washington Post and the Pentagon Papers. It was an afternoon screening at the multiplex at the nearest semi-big town. And it was in English. So. I recommend that all former newspaper journalists see the film. And most certainly those over the age of 50, for […]

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Real Me, Anyway, Has Quit Twitter

January 27th, 2018 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Journalism

The New York Times today posted a very interesting and very alarming long-form piece on the practice of selling social media accounts. The story suggests that 15 percent of Twitter accounts are actually “bots” — bogus accounts created to help ethically challenged entrepreneurs amass enormous lists of account holders which they can sell on to […]

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Botox Cheating in Camel Beauty Contests?

January 23rd, 2018 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Journalism, The National, UAE

So says the camel expert at The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, where we worked and lived for more than six years. Anna Zacharias, a journalist from Canada who has made the Arabian Peninsula her home, has her ear to the ground concerning the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, near Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. […]

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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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