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The Making of an American Soccer Guy

July 9th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Budapest, Fifa, Football, Newspapers, Russia 2018, soccer, Sports Journalism, World Cup

I never played soccer as a child. Never saw a match. Didn’t own a soccer ball. Never knew anyone who followed the game. The extent of my pre-adult exposure to soccer probably was occasional videotape on ABC’s Wide World of Sports; presumably World Cup highlights; lots of Pele. By the early 1980s, I was the […]

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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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Great First Lines: Can You Identify Them?

March 8th, 2018 · No Comments · Lists, Newspapers

The best opening sentences in literary history. Always a fun exercise. This has been going on pretty much forever. An early leader for “best opening line” has to be Genesis chapter 1, verse 1. “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” There’s a book you want to check out, just from the […]

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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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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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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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When Practicing Journalism Is Too Deadly to Carry On

April 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Journalism, Newspapers

A newspaper in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, has announced it is giving up publishing from a fear of its journalists being killed for doing their job. It certainly gives American journos reason to pause and reflect on the difficulty of putting out the paper in a difficult economic times … and conceding our colleagues in Mexico […]

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Tom Brady’s Stolen Jersey and Bogus Sports Writers

March 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment · Dodgers, Football, Newspapers, NFL, Sports Journalism

The mystery of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been solved as well as resolved. A Mexican national with a media credential apparently snatched the No. 12 Patriots jersey after New England’s dramatic 28-25 victory in Super Bowl 51, but the jersey is back in the U.S. along with what appears to be the […]

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One Year Later

December 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Newspapers, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE

We left Abu Dhabi a year ago today, and it seems more distant in time than that. Adapting to the south of France, buying a house, getting key renovations made, moving in … that seems like the effort of more than a year. Meantime, lots of things were going on back in the UAE, a […]

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