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No one has written in response to the "Linnaeus on the copy desk" posting to ask for a similar set of classifications of reporters and writers. Do I have to drop a hint with a clang?

Here's a start. What follows is a set of titles for categories of writers. Now comes audience participation! Interactivity! You do the work.

The Crown Prince and/or the Princess Royal

Mute Inglorious Milton

The Supreme Pontificator

Who Touched My Story

Mirror, Mirror

By the Word

High Camp

The Duckbilled Platitude

Columnist Party Apparatchik

Plain But Earnest

Goodbye English Prose

I have written entries for these categories, which are available to readers of this blog on request. But I’m reluctant to publish them, because I’d rather not have to pay someone to start my car for me every day.

Posted by John McIntyre at 7:20 PM | | Comments (2)


At the Sun, do reporters write their own articles, or do they usually pass off the information they've gathered to a writer?

Our reporters write their own stories, though some are edited more heavily than others.

And some perhaps not heavily enough.

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About John McIntyre
John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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