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Second-worst Romenesko consequence

It was a holiday weekend, and if you were out of the office instead of surfing the Web at work, there are a couple of posts that you missed.

I weighed in on a couple of aspects of Jim Romenesko’s abrupt departure from the Poynter Institute, suggesting that Poynter badly bungled the whole matter. At the moment, the second-most-distressing consequence, after the treatment of Jim Romenesko, is that the weak Poynter faculty explanations and the follow-up at the Columbia Journalism Review have given Robert Knilands an occasion to make remarks.

There was a second set of apothegms from the Old Editor.

There was a short meditation on cornbread.

Now we’re back in business, with a best-of joke of the week, “The Three Brothers,” and your word of the week, nugatory.



Posted by John McIntyre at 12:25 PM | | Comments (3)


Please, sir, in the name of all that's holy, do not let that odious person's name sully your excellent blog, or give him the attention and Google hits he's liable to earn from your ardent but unknowing fans.

The silver lining of the Romenesko brouhaha is that my first exposure to Knilands was intense enough that I've been inoculated for life and will immediately look elsewhere once I encounter the character string "Knil--." I'm one of the knights who say "nil" to "Knil."

Erika Fry writes: "[Moos'] post, which addressed 'incomplete attribution' in the posts of Jim Romenesko, the industry’s most beloved aggregator, instantly created a firestorm ..."

It looks like Fry has put "incomplete attribution" in quotes because she is terrified that she'll be accused of plagiarism if she types two words in the same order that someone else typed them.

But the unintended effect is one of scare quotes -- it reads as if she is obliged to refer to the so-called incomplete attribution, but she's indicating that she doesn't believe it was anything of the kind.

By scrupulously honoring Moos' text, Fry undermines it instead, and that is hilarious.

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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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