Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Today in journalism history

The Ten Magic Phrases of Journalism -- "limped into port," "flatly denied," "gutted by fire" and the like -- may have been first collated by Michael O'Donoghue, but they weren't pulled out of thin air. On this day in 1966, Phrase 10 appeared in Time magazine:

Roving bands of Negro youths roamed through the Negro section of Dayton—looting, stoning buses and breaking store windows—after a Negro man was fatally wounded by shotgun blasts fired from a passing car containing three white men.

The past isn't history, it isn't even past: Did you know that "preferred usage for those of the Negro race" appeared under "black" in the AP Stylebook as recently as 2002?

Just for the fun of it, here's the cover of the issue in question. Plus ça change.

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