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When they get to know you

A newsroom exchange, conveyed on good authority:

Reporter 1 (calling from outside the office): I need to talk to someone on the copy desk.

Reporter 2: I can see McIntyre over there.

Reporter 1: Not him.


Posted by John McIntyre at 5:45 PM | | Comments (3)


Yeah, it's a bummer when you get called on your taurine excrement and can't get away with sloppy writing and sloppy thinking. Poor bunny!

The state of online journalism. Take a look at this story that was posted yesterday for a few hours and then taken down at How many editing errors can you find in this story? Online journalism is scary bad. And Stephen Janis who wrote this story is teaching journalism at Towson.

A Baltimore cit\y pawnshop owner has plead guilty to laundering millions of illicit gains from selling stolen merchandise.

Louis Letch, Sr., age 62, admitted he tried to hide gains from purchasing stolen goods thathe later resold. He also plead guilty to failing to declare the income on his tax returns.

The charges stem from a wide ranging conspiracy to sell medication, beauty products, DVDS, electronics and other goods that were stolen and sold to his E-Z Money Pawn Ship in the city.

The store employed ‘Boosters” or shoplifters who targeted area retailers like Wall Mart, and Safeway. Letch then “ cleaned” the stolen items of security tags so he could re-sell them online.

Authorities estimate he sold nearly $1 million in merchandise over a two year period,

The investigation was headed by US Postural service, but included the FBI, the IRS and Baltimore County police.

The US Attorney’s office also released a list of co-conspirators who have plead guilty to money laundering charges Justin Noel Mayhew, age 29; Robert Anthony Reed and Daniel Fillip Mime, both age 27; Spencer Michael Garonzik, age 43; Michael Ender, age 32; and Warren Allen Culver II, age 31; and Michael B. Levy, age 51, all of Baltimore; Jared Lee Ezra, age 41, of Reisterstown, Maryland; and Nicholas Acosta, age 22, of Baltimore

Another entry in the "With enemies like this, who needs friends?" category: An irate book author once complained to my managing editor, "That copy editor was so meticulous and obsessive! She was consistent all the way from Chapter 1 to Chapter 15!"

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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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