Jots in journalism

Dec 18, 2014

Your "laugh-out-loud" read for the morning unquestionably is this New Yorker parody piece of Ayn Rand reviewing children’s movies, care of Mallory Ortberg (which has claimed 54,000+ shares). The post proffers such gems as "This movie was a disappointment. The Muppets do not take Manhattan at all. They merely visit it." It's enough to prompt Bloomberg Businessweek's Natalie Kitroeff to wonder, "is the new yorker's business plan to become the toast? because I'm down."

In other media madness, President Obama was an actual caller on Boston Public Radio yesterday (6,700+ shares). Plus, we're closing in on the end of the year, so here is Craig Silverman's ever-anticipated annual list of media errors and corrections for 2014 (2,700+ shares). "Happily, Star correx did not make hall of shame - this year," remarks a relieved Kathy English with the Toronto Star. Speaking of lists, check out Bloomberg Businessweek's jealousy list. Plus, the Washington Post says the Associated Press just did something very smart (1,300+ shares).

We must also respectfully tip our hats to Washington Post Cairo bureau chief Abigail Hauslohner, who bravely penned a confessional under the headline "It should never be too late to tell your story of rape. 14 years later, this is mine." Zahra Hankir with Bloomberg News reacts, "With #rape, it’s never too late to speak up/ thank you @ahauslohner for your bravery and for sharing it w/ the world."

But, wait. We're not done! The Texas Tribune has announced a new partnership with WaPo, while veteran AP trial reporter Linda Deutsch prepares to retire. "The lady, the legend @Lindadeutsch retires Monday after 48 years @AP. A joy to chat with, an inspiration to be near," praises colleague Christy Lemire. Meanwhile, David Bernstein speculates on what the hell happened at

In the Columbia Journalism Review this week, read about the problem with sharing uncredited photos (291 shares). Jim MacMillan notes, "Re photographers: '..If they said, "No, I should get paid a living wage," we’d be in a much better position'.” Also in CJR, take a look at why journalists are questioning the NFL.

Also, we present to you an entire article against the use of the word "garbage." Because, why not.

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