The laziness of "localizing" news stories

As local and metro newspapers have lost relevance (and staff) outside of their immediate geographic areas, they've tried to substitute actually being there with "localizing."Sometimes, it has relevance, such as when there's an indigenous population in the area (although the paper should be covering them regularly if they want them as readers, right?), or if…Read more The laziness of "localizing" news stories

So, you messed up: 3 tips for handling corrrections

Another recent item in need of a correction, from the Times-Picayune of New Orleans: http://imgur.com/KlyzZThe mistaken reporting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' death may have you thinking that only big news organizations working in real time can make such mistakes.But such wrongheaded errors are often not caused by deadline pressure and erroneous sources (nor are they…Read more So, you messed up: 3 tips for handling corrrections

Headlines are the only things that matter …

... because you won't get a second chance, your attempts at context will be missed by many, and you'll lose any notion of control over your content as well as any chance to guide the conversation. This is a fear and opportunity much discussed in social media, but it applies to the content your social…Read more Headlines are the only things that matter …

"Grown Ups" — What’s wrong with that title?

Slate has an occasional feature called "Copy-editing the Culture" through its Browbeat blog -- and I do mean occasional, given there are three entries since October.The most recent entry -- the lamenting of the nonsensical spelling of Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups" -- has caused no small amount of Sturm und Drang among the commenters. Some…Read more "Grown Ups" — What’s wrong with that title?