Tuesday, February 22, 2011



“I had just asked myself what was the most important thing to remember about writing a story, and the answer came back loud and clear: ‘To make somebody read it.”

“Ultimately, there’s no other reason for writing. Journalists write to support democracy, sustain truth, salute justice, justify expenses, see the world and make a living, but to satisfactorily do any of these things you have to have readers. Fairness and accuracy are of course profoundly important. Without them, you aren’t in journalism proper: you are playing some other game. But above all, you have to be read, or you aren’t in journalism at all.”

—Tim Radford, former editor, The Guardian,
A manifesto for the simple scribe – my 25 commandments for journalists,” Jan. 21, 2011.

• Editorial Comment: Sounds simple enough.

• News from the MicroSoft Front: Longtime journalist and educator Betty Medsger writes: “I just had the ultimate Microsoft Word ‘correction.’ It indicated that my use of ‘you’re’ was an error. It indicated that instead I should have written ‘you is.’ No kidding.” No comment. (MS translation: “You should have written, ‘Yo mama.’”)

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• Agricultural Communication/Journalism Faculty Wanted! The joint program in Agricultural Communication & Journalism at Utah State University seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor. See the posting at USU’s HR site here or email ted.pease@usu.edu for details. Review begins in March. Start date: August 2011.


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