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Statute of limitations on clips

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BB Bobcat, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. BB Bobcat

    BB Bobcat Active Member

    Generally speaking, how do you editors out there feel about old clips? How old is too old for a clip to be included?

    I've got a few really good stories that won some awards, but they're from 2005 and 2006, so I'm wondering if that's too long ago for them to still be included.

    The best thing I ever wrote in my life is from 2002, and I just assume that's too old.
  2. spud

    spud Member

    Good writing is good writing. The news is stale, but as long as you provide a steady progression (the old and the new), employers aren't reading it for its immediate news value today.

    Just make sure they understand the writer they're hiring. If it was good in 02 it's good now, but you've likely grown since then. Include the newbies too. A five-clip string is plenty to show your maturation.
  3. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Are award-winners something to crow about? Do readers or most editors care? I'm curious on that one.
  4. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    I know people like to rip contests, but there's an excellent chance that a story that wins, say, an APSE or SPJ award is well-written and worth including in a clips package. And if you're mentioning APSE or SPJ recognition on your resume, don't you think an editor would want to see those clips?
  5. accguy

    accguy Member

    I think it's always OK to send some older stuff as long as that's not all you send.

    If you had some kickass stuff before, include it. Put a note on there saying how that piece won the an award. But also provide some stuff from the last year.
  6. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Along the same lines, if you've been out of the business for 3-4 years, you probably wouldn't have much new stuff to send, if any.

    Of course, these days, if you've been out of the biz for four years, you likely aren't looking to get back in.
  7. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    It's statue.

    I wouldn't think there'd be a time limit on things like clips. Your work is your work, and it should, realistically, only get better with time. If anything, it should show a constant progression of your skills.
  8. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO!
  9. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    As a fellow "Seinfeld" fan, I think our boy is just quoting Cosmo Kramer and knows it's statute.

    I hope.
  10. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Indeed. I've seen him make the same joke before.

    Then again, all the Seinfeld drivel runs together.
  11. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    It's dribble.
  12. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    Let me ask you a question. On a Hook-and-Ladder, who gets the yardage?
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