Monthly Archives: December 2009

“Help Desk” helper

I think Scott Adams bugged The Daytona Beach News-Journal. No, not really, but I doubt his strip could be any more accurate, down to the exact character. And it’s not just me. I posted the comic on the board, and every single person on the copy desk knew the person on our (un) “help desk” […]

My first restaurant review

I reviewed a restaurant for the first time in the Daytona Beach News-Journal’s weekly “Lunch Bunch/Supper Club” feature: Copy editor Sherry Mims and her husband, Amir Fleminger, went to lunch recently at Ivy Lane Bistro on South Beach Street in Daytona Beach. It features a variety of sandwiches, soups and wraps as well as specials […]

Clever advertising…for newspapers?

I like this television advertisement for The Sun (U.K.), promoting a newspaper’s utility. It rather reminds me of an Apple Commercial. I wish it would play over here! Thoughts?

Depressing news

Via Yahoo!: Along with Editor & Publisher [after 108 years], the [The Nielson]company is also shuttering the book review title Kirkus Reviews. The two publications have 18 employees combined.

Sleeping with the enemy, er, source

It was uncanny I came across this Gawker post about the “tradition” of reporters sleeping with their sources so soon after a conversation with a co-worker. I took the position that it’s a conflict of interest. (The following is not verbatim.) Female Co-worker 1: That Barbara Walters got around. I had no idea she slept […]

The lost book review

Since it’s been more than two weeks–and that’s about the life of a News-Journal link, I’ve just decided to post my mostly negative review of Enrique Joven’s “The Book of God and Physics” on my blog. I hope no one at work will mind since I’m not sure who is in charge of posting them […]

LinkedIn: Hip networking or waste of time?

I feel ambivalent toward LinkedIn, the networking tool that seems to be a more polished Facebook for the hip and professional set. It allows you to post your résumé , bio and recommendations from your colleagues. Make no mistake, though, it’s still a tremendous time suck. Only without Scrabble. I had pretty much given up […]