Monday, September 10, 2012

The News Biz

Professional Standards

“The young man fresh to journalism will find, sometimes to his astonishment, particularly if he is a high-born child used to coddling, that he is called upon to perform tasks which entail almost endless drudgery—a searching for details of the most picayune sort. He must learn names and middle initials. He must know his town and its people. He must attend dull luncheons, dinners, board meetings and charity affairs. He must learn that it is possible to make at least ten mistakes in a ten-line obituary, all of them unpardonable. . . . He must learn all the ‘don’ts’ and a million boring things that go to make up professional technique. He must learn, if he doesn’t already know it, to avoid adjectives and to swear by the little verbs that bounce and leap and swim and cut.”

  —Stanley Walker (1898-1962), city editor, New York Herald Tribune, 1934
• Editorial Comment: I love those bouncy little verbs.

• Yesterday’s WORD: Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from columnist and Yale Law prof Stephen Carter, on AP’s capitulation on the use of “hopefully”? Click here. 

News from our award-winning student news site, The Hard News Café  
Aggie journalists to report Oct. 3 on Ethiopia’s hope, heartbreak
Waste bin trashers in N. Logan can be fined $1,000, council says, by Jessica Sonderegger
Nibley resets public hearing on electronic signs for Sept. 26, by Danielle Manley
 Logan, Utah, makes top-10 (we’re #3!) list of best college towns in U.S., by Ted Pease
‘Meet the weirdos,’ dean urges students at USU opening event, by D. Whitney Smith
Aggie journalism prof’s Washington Post article foreshadows Ethiopian leader’s death, by Matthew D. LaPlante
Aggie Reports from Ethiopia: Olympic Dreams, Empty Pockets, by Danielle Manley
Joe’s boat bursts into flames—in his driveway!, video by Ted Pease

PeezPIX by Ted Pease

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