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My clips are teh suck

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by dixiehack, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    In my continuing Quixotic quest to get a job, I went back to print some clips from an old paper on the Interwebs. Trouble is, the archives have gone blooey. All of the quotation marks, apostrophes and EM dashes have been replaced by computer gibberish, rendering already pedestrian work unreadable. This problem has only cropped up within the past month (i.e. the last time I went to print copies.)

    Now this paper is something like a 6-hour drive from here, which rules out a day trip to pick up back copies. I have no clue whether they can fix this or not, and the paper was too cheap to have proper Web staffing when I left (which I doubt has improved.) What can I ethically do here? Cutting and pasting onto a seperate document, then doing a find and replace seems skeevy, even if I did include links to the originals and an explanation.
  2. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    Today's lesson for newbies: Don't expect "web clips" to be there when you need them. Always have hard copy available.
  3. Mira

    Mira Member

    Did you check out Lexis?
  4. lono

    lono Active Member

    Call the circ department, buy back copies and get a bunch of extras made at Kinko's.
  5. pallister

    pallister Guest

    I used to keep more copies than a human being should be allowed to possess. But it got so tedious I pretty much stopped keeping them. Of course, my advancement at this point in my career doesn't depend on clips the way it used to.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Strange. Usually your stuff has to go through the copy desk to get that screwed up. ;)
  7. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    what does teh suck mean?
  8. busuncle

    busuncle Member

    That sounds like me. I practically had a home library of old newspapers. Then when I got to a job at which I planned to stay for a while, I stopped saving papers. When I start to look again, I'll probably be screwed.

    There's nothing I hate more than dealing with clips.
  9. ARD

    ARD Member

    Perhaps you can save the pages locally to your hard drive, then edit the HTML in Notepad to fix the bad coding. Then print clean copies.
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