Tuesday, September 8, 2009

One man's take on the media

Creepy media: Here's a CBS Sports column on the creepiness of the media following the Michael Vick/dogfighting fiasco called Thank clueless media -- and you -- for Vick saturation. The creepiness won't end soon, because Vick will be able to play for the Philadephia Eagles in about three weeks.

Peeve this: If you have a lot of pet peeves (and I do), you might try the web site snippets.

Jobs in journalism: Maybe it's just the holiday weekend, but there aren't many jobs on JournalismJobs.com.

The obvious: I was watching TV yesterday, and they showed a shot of Richard Petty. Under his name it said RACING LEGEND. Well, duh. It's like Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali; doesn't need explanation.

Helping yourself: Here's a blog on 25 things journalists can do to future-proof their careers. The first one is about starting a blog.

Needs editing: In an Associated Press story on the president speaking to school children, it read: Upon arrival at the school, Obama's motorcade was greeted by a small band of protesters. One carried a sign exclaiming: "Mr. President, stay away from our kids." The first sentence would read better as A small band of protesters greeted Obama's motorcade at the school.

Writing help: Here's an article on writing strong but flawed characters.

My opinion: This paragraph was found online today — Whomever the Dolphins start at wide receiver — Ted Ginn Jr., Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo clearly separated from rookies Brian Hartline and Patrick Turner during the last week of preseason — all five wide receivers could see chunks of action on offense. I would go with whoever to start the sentence. Why? Whoever the Dolphins start is a nominal; it works as one word. So it should be whoever.

And that sentence is w-a-a-y too long.

Contact: I can be reached at tgilli52@gmail.com or nc3022@yahoo.com. Also, my Twitter handle is EDITORatWORK.

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