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15 Most Stupid Things I've Ever Heard A McPublisher Say

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by IowaScribe, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Those are style choices. There were many grammatical errors.

    The fabrication is a bigger issue.
  2. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    You wouldn't believe how many people over the age of 50 still do this. Not kidding.
  3. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    Damn not sure what to make of this. A sympathetic laugh -- in part because my current publisher, who has only been here for a year has run through most of that list already, as has our managing editor, sadly -- or to cry some more over the slow painful death of the industry at the hands of these bastards.
  4. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    My dad does that, despite the fact that I made Chrome the default browser for my parents' computer. He also types everything with just his two pointer fingers. Watching him navigate the Internet is painful.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    One of the most popular searches on google.com is "google."
  6. Keystone

    Keystone Member

    At stop in the former Media General, someone in the pressroom snapped and destroyed several copies of preprints that were sitting on pallets including half of the football tabs. The publisher's solution...do a reprint so every subscriber gets one? No.

    "That's our last football tab. No more next year."
  7. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    So does my mom.
  8. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    This calls for telling us the full story. :)
  9. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Work slower, not smarter.
  10. Walter Burns

    Walter Burns Member

    The city editor was preparing entries for the state AP awards. Our publisher walked past and said, "I don't know why you waste your time on those things. Do we ever win anything anyway?"
    I think we might have won General Excellence that year, but I can't recall for sure. Short answer is that we regularly win stuff.
  11. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    It would not surprise me in the least if it were true.
  12. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    A photo page every day? How big is the paper?

    As a desk editor, I tried to run as many photos as reasonable. I often would run a photo (or two) with the front part of a story and another with the jump. I'd blow off wire photos to run an extra local photo inside when I could. I respect the fact that photos can add a lot... if they tell a story. Whenever we used a stringer, I'd always ask if they were getting paid per assignment or by how many photos ran (it was almost always a flat per-assignment fee). But if it wasn't costing us anymore, I was going to get our money's worth.

    And we'd do photo pages for special events (road races, baseball tournaments, all-star games, etc.), but not every single day.
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