Sunday, December 31, 2006

Resolutions: There's still time

Fast away the old year passes, but there's still time to sign up for those last few spaces on some of our most popular New Year's resolutions.

Made of durable Grammar®, these sturdy resolutions are favorites of professors, employers, and each one comes with its own lesson in parallel structure. And a HEADSUP-L editing resolution is a gift that keeps on giving! Throughout the new year, you'll get:
1) Regular e-mail reminders of the importance of your resolution to the Free World and your job prospects!
2) Random horse parts left around the house, just like in the movies!
3) Suspicious white powder delivered to your mailroom within two business days of any backsliding!

If you act now, you can be signed up by first edition deadline for:

"RESPONDED": Kick any story containing "police responded" or the like back to the city desk for revisions, no questions asked:
Columbia police responded to the robbery at Bocomo Bay, 1122 Wilkes Blvd., Suite A, at 11:11 p.m. Thursday.

Traffic was backed up at the intersection of Tenth and Walnut streets for about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon while firefighters responded to a small fire at a crematorium.

Boone County firefighters responded to the home at 900 Cedar Grove Blvd., just before midnight Monday.

At about 9:05 p.m., police responded to a report of a masked man firing shots at a crowd of people leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses Assembly Hall.

Boone County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a disturbance at 2:54 a.m. Sunday in the 4400 block of Mesa Drive in south Columbia.

CELEBRATES: Permanently banned in all cutlines, all sections, all tenses and aspects:
Oregon State strong safety Sabby Piscitelli celebrates after the Beavers took the lead with a two-point conversion late in the game. (5B Sunday)

Colt McCoy celebrates Texas' come-from behind victory Saturday at the Alamo Bowl. (6B Sunday, hyphenation CQ)

RTFS: If you can't place a finger on a fact in the text ("The blast left two people missing and 26 hurt"), don't put it in the hed ("Car bomb kills 2 in Madrid," 8A Sunday)!

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Blogger Peter Fisk said...

"RESPONDED": Kick any story containing "police responded" or the like back to the city desk for revisions, no questions asked:

No questions asked? You want copy editors to send copy back to originating desks with no questions asked? ... "I'm sending this story back to you to be fixed, but I'm not going to tell you what I think is wrong with it." ... That hardly seems like a productive approach.

Anyways, it's not like it used to be. Copy editors have lost a lot of the authority that they used to have as far as kicking copy back to the originating desk for needed revisions. (That's one of several reasons why I left the business.)

12:41 PM, July 31, 2007  

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