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Posted by kathyspurlock on November 30, 2009

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Tips from Ben

Posted by kathyspurlock on November 30, 2009

Ben Kelly of The Clarion-Ledger provided some excellent training for the CPC staff recently. Here are some useful web sites he included in his presentation:

• The Slot:

     www.theslot.com

CJR’s Language Corner

     www.cjr.org/resources/lc

• Guide to Grammar and Style

     andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/
Writing

• Common English errors

www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/
errors.html

• The Cliché Finder

     www.westegg.com/cliche/

 

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TIPS FOR THE COPY DESK (AND OTHERS) No. 72

Posted by bbeene85 on November 28, 2009

The French Legion of Honor was begun in 1802, not 1820. Wrong in an AP story: “It was begun in1820 by Napoleon Bonaparte.” (Nov. 15.) In 1820, he was in exile on St. Helena.

Animals are SPAYED, not SPRAYED (in ordinary circumstances). Wrong here (typo?): “All pets over six months of age are sprayed and neutered….” (Nov. 14)

PRESIDENTS DAY has no apostrophe. (Nov. 13)

FAIR GROUNDS (in Shreveport) is two words. (Nov. 13)

The number of American combat deaths since 1775 is not “over 2.8 million,” as a Nov. 13 opinion piece said. The Web site militaryfactory.com puts the total at 1,314,000, not counting the missing. The breakdown includes all wars, even the Barbary Wars (35) and the Boxer Rebellion (37).

It’s NORTHROP Grumman, not Northrup Grumman. Wrong in this jump page headline: “Coast: Air Force officials awarded/Northrup Grumman contract last year” and twice in the jump of the Gannett story, but it was right in the page one part of the story! (Nov. 27)

Lighter side: A story about electric power being knocked out in a 3:30 a.m. accident said, “Roughly 400 Queensborough residents were in the dark.” Probably more, all in bed asleep. (Oct. 29)

Laz 11/27/09

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Staying fresh for the best….

Posted by kathyspurlock on November 27, 2009

It’s the nature of the newspaper business that the most important work of the day passes before eyes that have been sitting and staring at a computer screen for many hours.

Get up and walk around occasionally, and get the blood flowing back to your brain.  You can even do a little yoga at your workstation:

http://www.mydailyyoga.com/yoga/everyday_yoga.html
14 exercises in one easy-to-print version you can buy in PDF format.

http://www.yogaeverywhere.com/keyboard/index.html
Pictures and instructions; includes Yoga for your eyes.

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To Barack … or not

Posted by JeffB65 on November 25, 2009

Shreveport local style prefers the usage “President Obama” in all first references to U.S. President Barack Obama. That differs from AP style. Please keep this in mind if you are working to build Shreveport pages or proofing them.

President Obama (right) with daughter, Sasha Obama, 8, points at the turkey, Courage, with Walter Pelletier (left) chairman of the National Turkey Federation, and Elizabeth Pelletier, the day before Thanksgiving, during a ceremony in the North Portico of the White House in Washington on Wednesday.

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Reminder!!!!

Posted by kathyspurlock on November 25, 2009

Price: All Thursday products should have the same price as a Sunday edition. Double-check this when you are building the fronts and when you are proofing the fronts.

Barcodes (or UPC graphic): Whatever it’s called, make sure that the Thursday editions have the barcode graphic for Sunday so that the price will ring up correctly when they are scanned. Watch for this when building the fronts and when proofing them. If you don’t know what this means or how to check it, please ask a supervisor.

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Holiday prep

Posted by JeffB65 on November 23, 2009

A few points to keep in mind as we work on holiday papers:

Deadlines: There will be earlier deadlines on all our products Wednesday.

  • Shreveport — 4:30 PM
  • Monroe — 5:30 PM
  • Opelousas — 6:40 PM
  • Alexandria — 8:00 PM
  • Lafayette — 10:40 PM

Price: All Thursday products should have the same price as a Sunday edition. Double-check this when you are building the fronts and when you are proofing the fronts.

Barcodes (or UPC graphic): Whatever it’s called, make sure that the Thursday editions have the barcode graphic for Sunday so that the price will ring up correctly when they are scanned. Watch for this when building the fronts and when proofing them. If you don’t know what this means or how to check it, please ask a supervisor.

Advance page production: Currently, there are a lot of advance pages in production at the same time as daily pages. This requires extra diligence on the part of those building the pages as well as those proofing. Be sure that folios match the content (does the TV grid match the folio for example). Advance sections are usually printed ahead of time, so there are no remakes. Errors on advance run sections that make it through production on this end are errors that can’t be fixed later. We are the last line of defense.

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I’m hearing voices

Posted by kathyspurlock on November 12, 2009

Southerners, in particular, tend to speak in passive voice.

Writers translate that into print.

Not good for keeping readers awake.

Passive voice is technically defined as: A verb form or voice in which the grammatical subject receives the verb’s action.

Clear as mud, right?

Think about: The ball was thrown by Bob.

That’s passive voice.

Active voice is preferred in journalistic writing. It conveys the sense of action and immediacy we need to engage readers in our stories. Subject. Verb. Action! 

That same sentence in active voice: Bob threw the ball.

Shorter. More direct. Preferred.

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Style addition to Town Talk

Posted by JeffB65 on November 10, 2009

The following is from Cynthia Jardon of The Town Talk and is something we should keep in mind when working with their pages:

I’ve seen a mistake happen a couple of times in the past month or so.

To correctly refer to the Alexandria VA Medical Center on first reference, it is the: Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

They dropped “administration” a few years ago and replaced it with “affairs.”

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