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Testy Copy Editor: In summary, part 2
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Testy Copy Editor: In summary, part 2

By on Dec 20, 2013

Editor’s note:  This will be Phillip Blanchard’s final regular post for BusinessJournalism.org. A copy editor on the Washington Post Financial desk for 6 1/2 years and founder of an online forum called Testy Copy Editors, Blanchard has written here about best practices for the business press since January 2011.  An archive of his posts will […]

Testy Copy Editor:  In summary, part 1
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Testy Copy Editor: In summary, part 1

Mistakes are inevitable: a wrong number here, a typing error there. The news media are full of them. There was never a realistic hope that they would disappear entirely. But when mistakes multiply, when the same ones are made over and over, the system is broken. With the Worldwide War on Copy Editing nearing its […]

Controversy, yes. Hostility, no
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Controversy, yes. Hostility, no

Ms. Yellen will face hostile questioning from Republican senators who oppose the Fed’s policy of quantitative easing. (Financial Times, Nov. 13) Many analysts had predicted a rough hearing for Ms. Yellen, given the antipathy of congressional Republicans toward the Obama administration, the poor state of the economy and the controversies around quantitative easing – as […]

EBITDA? Eh. Oh, and we get to the bottom of bitcoins
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EBITDA? Eh. Oh, and we get to the bottom of bitcoins

We might take a number like profit margin and look at maybe 100 different variables to figure out which one explains profitability the best, so I can take action on that. But it’s a hard thing to do; you have to know what’s signal and what’s noise. (Rusty Frioux of DataClear in the Greater Baton […]

Want an interview? Send me an email
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Want an interview? Send me an email

E-mail has made the news, news stories, and newspapers dull. (Patrick B. Pexton) Pexton, a former Washington Post ombudsman,doesn’t like email interviews. “E-mail is a rotten reporting tool for journalists, particularly here in Washington. Every elected and appointed official is so worried that they might go off message, they don’t do in-person or telephone interviews […]

Arrows, dots and boxes: Not by the numbers
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Arrows, dots and boxes: Not by the numbers

I’m a word man, but there was a time I laid out a lot of pages. That’s one of the things copy editors did. It didn’t take much time, which left plenty of time for important things, like editing and headline writing. When layout became “design,” it took a lot longer to pepper the pages […]

Too simple is just bad journalism
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Too simple is just bad journalism

Rather than award employees bonuses, either as individuals or in teams, employers who give money to their workers to spend on charities or on their colleagues get better results, the researchers reported this week in the journal PLOS One. (Los Angeles Times) A study led by a Duke University researcher reports on three experiments in what […]

local business sections suck
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Local business sections suck. There. I said it.

Chardon area residents soon will wake up to the smell of coffee perking at a new Bob Evans. (News-Herald [Ohio]) Longmont transportation planner Phil Greenwald said the focus appeared to be on more concrete projects. (Longmont [Colo.] Times-Call)   I recently picked up some work that requires me to at least glance at a lot […]

Be wary of big numbers, especially nice round ones
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Be wary of big numbers, especially nice round ones

I last wrote about big numbers in December 2011. It’s time for a refresher. The New York Times Magazine ran a praiseworthy piece this month headlined “The Half-Trillion-Dollar Depression” and written by the Times economics reporter Catherine Rampell, whom I respect and admire. The story describes the enormous costs to the nation of mental illness […]