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A ringing endorsement

Michael Catalini, whom I hired as a two-year intern on the copy desk, has since been promoted to multimedia editor, responsible for editing videos produced by the newsroom staff. (He is culpable in the production of my videos on this blog.)

A former Dow Jones Newspaper fund intern, he has written about his career experience, including his days under the iron heel of McIntyranny. Students of and beginners in journalism, please note his advice:

“There’s nothing like having a grizzled, inveterate curmudgeon teach you the ropes. ... Learn to deal with criticism.”



Posted by John McIntyre at 9:11 AM | | Comments (1)


Thanks for sharing his story. Giving me just a little bit more reason not to hide in a cave after I graduate with my j-degree in May.

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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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